Here I am, at the Boise Airport, waiting for my flight on a regional prop plane. I love that I have free Wi-Fi here. Every airport should do this since travelers must spend hours waiting … and waiting … and waiting.
Anyway, I thought I would post something about the time I’ve spent in Proverbs recently. FYI, after a slight detour to do Beth Moore’s Living Beyond Yourself, which was wonderful, I am back into my regularly scheduled odd-numbered year reading through the Bible. The past six or seven days I’ve been in Proverbs, part of the wisdom literature of Scripture.
I’ve been very mindful of the passages that tell us about our enemies: If they’re hungry or thirsty, give them food/water.; don’t rejoice when they fall into trouble; don’t envy sinners; and many more. One reason these verses stood out to me this week is because a friend of mine was recently treated rudely/cruelly by someone she thought was a friend. My friend is a believer. Her friend isn’t. I’ve experienced similar rudeness/cruelty. I know the sting. And I know it’s not always easy to respond as God would have me. But if I listen to Him, He’ll help me, in my actions and even in my thoughts. And so I pray for my friend to find His comfort and healing for the hurt she has felt, and that she will rise above the pettiness of others.
One of my first pastors told me that I should read a chapter of Proverbs every day of the month (chapter 1 on the first, chapter 2 on the second, etc.). In doing so, I would absorb God’s wisdom for living. I never got into that habit, but I can see that it is good advice.
If you are looking for a Bible reading plan for this year, feel free to jump in with me. You can find the schedule I use here. Of all the books you can read, the Bible is the one most needed. For a believer, it is bread for the journey. Don’t starve yourself.
In the grip of His grace,