Scripture: Proverbs 3:21-26
Pastor Vaughn Thompson
My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
for the Lord will be at your side
and will keep your foot from being snared.
In my life, I have struggled and battled fear and anxiety a lot. In fact, Too much! So much so that it has affected my sleep for over 17years which directly affects EVERYTHING in my life…My decisions, my choices…my marriage…my job…everything. I felt like I spent all my time battling the consequences of what I did not want in my life that I was not free to become what I wanted to be and what I felt God had called me to be. And in this most recent season of my life, I am learning basic principles over again in my life that are literally changing me into what I feel God has always wanted me to be. I knew them cognitively but I did not know them experientially. Some of these basic principles that I have integrated into my life are firmly rooted in this passage. Wisdom, understanding, sound judgment and discretion to name a few.
Since I have been working on the foundations of this passages I have felt myself being reborn, transformed and alive again. It hasn’t been magic. It’s been hard work. But it’s also been nothing short of miraculous. It has changed my life and my family and my work for the better. And now I am sleeping better than I can ever remember. And that has helped me to make better decisions, to use sound judgment and to operate in a God-directed discretion. My life has become orderly. It has become purposeful. And I truly believe I have only begun to see a hint of the fruit of the promises in this passage.
God thank you for the wisdom of Your Word. It never expires, It never fails. Please help me God to continue in your ways and to not grow weary in well-doing. I believe in Your promises and I am anchored to this Hope that saves. May I continue to pursue your wisdom and understanding as if my life and soul depends on it….cause it does. Thank you, God, for the Grace to keep searching.