Mark Affleck

I’m Parking By God’s Door, Even If I Get A Ticket

May 12, 2018
Spiritual Growth

Wisdom can be found—and lives forever–between the covers of a Bible. But there isn’t anything about it that is even remotely automatic. In fact, it’s the opposite. We learn in Proverbs that wisdom comes to us when we park by God’s door every day.

“Those who listen to me will be happy—those who stay at my door every day, waiting at the entrance to my home.” Proverbs 8:34 GNT
What stands in our way? Here are just a few of myriad impediments:
LIVING CARELESSLY: The enemy removes wisdom before it can form.
LOVING THE WORLD: The pursuit of money and pleasure win the day.
HATING COMMITMENT: The cost of discipleship is too steep (Matthew 16:24-25).
How do we fight off these and other barriers to God’s true joy? LISTEN, WATCH, WAIT.
It may be easy to hear God’s Word, but it will vanish in the air unless we earnestly LISTEN and fight to make sure it sticks.
The world’s darkness will prevail unless we WATCH for God to cast his illuminating truth just as we look for the sun to escape its cradle in the morning’s freshness. Watching for God requires our attentive focus; our uncompromised obedience; and our submissive spirit.
It is a “faith imperative” to WAIT for God to speak to us. The Bible seldom penetrates deeply into our soul if we approach it hurriedly.
That’s why we need to park at his door every day, even if we have to pay a ticket for turning our back on the world.
I ask God to help me love him more than the world; know the cost of discipleship is worth it; and replace my laziness with his energy.
Is your “life car” parked at God’s door?

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