Do you love death?

I’m pretty sure anyone reading this  would answer a resounding “no!” Well, perhaps not. There are a few fringe groups of people who may announce that they have a loving relationship with death. But since they haven’t died, there is only so much they can say. Death does carry a fascination for most people, but they say they love death, they probably don’t understand the nature of it.

But do you know that you can metaphorically love death.

You might be thinking, I love life. I don’t want to die! But in reality, you’re living a life that will bring you death.

In Proverbs 8:30, the personification of wisdom says, “But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.”

If you hate wisdom, you love death. It’s that simple.

If you filled a room full of people, and asked them, “Do you hate wisdom?” Few to none would raise their hands. But oftentimes we hate wisdom in little ways.

We neglect to listen to our parents. We think that we can have it all figured out. We disregard our pastor’s message. Or our friends advice.

Look at it another way. Are you actively seeking wisdom? Are you looking for wise people to mentor you? Do you spend time searching the scriptures for guidance?

Do you love wisdom?

I would venture to say that for every bit you edge away from loving wisdom, you move towards hating it. The difference between love and hate is not black and white. Sin is missing the mark. There is no in between. Either you hit the mark, or you missed it.

Are you satisfied with how you love and seek out wisdom? Or do you need to work in that area? I challenge you, choose to love wisdom. Live your life searching it out. If you love your life by loving wisdom, you will probably find yourself with more of both.

“Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not . . . For whoso findeth me [wisdom] findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.” Proverbs 8:33,35


It’s not time to build a calf

If you have ever spent time being led by God, you probably have experienced a time when it seemed that God wasn’t leading at all. One day, you know exactly what His will is for your life, the next, you are completely unsure and are wondering where his direct leading went. In those times, it’s not time to build a calf.

In the book of Exodus, we can follow the account of Israel (God’s people) as they are freed from bondage and then begin their journey towards the promise land. God chose Moses to lead them. Moses was their symbol of authority, their leader, and their go-to man. But one day Moses was called up to Mt. Sinai on official business.

And the people waited.

And waited.

And waited.

And it seemed like he wasn’t coming back. Have you ever felt that way? No clear direction from God, and you feel that you have to do SOMETHING! Well, the people did do something, but what they did was nothing short of idolatry and wickedness.

Chapter 32 of Exodus tells us that they took their jewelry and decided to make a golden calf. Then Aaron said, “Tomorrow is a feast to the LORD.” The next verse tells us that the next day that came the people offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. I honestly believe that some of the people were sincerely trying to worship God. But the manner of their worship was evil, and it was not acceptable to Lord. They had now bowed down to the God of heaven, but a calf of gold. They did not reverence God, but brought an abomination into their midst and called it worship.

I challenge you, never allow your impatience to bring you to the point that you are willing to worship God in your own way. Maybe you don’t know where God is leading you, or what his plan is, but now is the time to prepare for it. When  Moses came down from the mount, there was a considerable time spent correcting everything that Israel had done wrong. If they had prepared themselves in prayer and consecration to the Lord, they would have been ready for the next step that God had for them.

So in short, if God hasn’t given you direct leading of late, don’t do your own thing and make a golden calf. Don’t decide to lead yourself and strike out in a new direction for God. Wait on the Lord. Follow His last instruction. Pray and sanctify yourself so you will be ready when God wants you to move.

Seeking rebuke?

Being corrected is not always the easiest thing. When someone comes to correct us, even in love, we may be tempted to be offended. Being offended at correction, especially unasked for correction, is a wrong attitude. God tells us that wise men receive correction.

Proverbs 9:8-9 says, "Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning." This passage tells us who to give advice to, but we can gather much more from these verses. In these verses we see both the wise and the foolish reactions to instruction. A wise man will take instruction and learn from it. A scorner will reject wise counsel.

I would invite you to search yourself. Do you receive correction easily? Are you willing to humble yourself and consider the advice of others? If not, ask God to give you the humility to accept the correction of others. Also, ask Him to give you the discretion to know whose advice is worthy of following, and whose advice you should discard. We can learn much from those around us, but only if we listen. Will you allow God to correct you through those around you?

"A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels." – Proverbs 1:5