Proverbs 3 MSG:
5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
a father’s delight is behind all this.
This quote is stunning. So often we feel like when life is unraveling or we are cracking under the pressure that it is a bad thing. We fail to remember that when we are weak we are actually strong. Pain has a funny way of making us feel like our very insides could come out if we cried hard enough, or our heart could explode if we were disappointed one more time. But this is not the case. We need to look at our supposed “destruction” and know it is actually God’s “construction”. We are being transformed. Proverbs 3 reminds me that we need to continually trust God. This isn’t always easy but it’s important to keep in practice. If we listen to God’s voice and turn from our own understanding of what is happening to us the Word promises that “our bodies will glow with health.”
Speak life into your situation today by reminding your soul that what appears to be cracking is actually growing. “To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction”.
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