Every Prudent Man…

This week’s, “Wednesday in the Word”, moment was written by my mother several years ago. It is a timely reminder of the importance of being prudent and how we can apply prudence to our everyday conversations, relationships, and choices. I hope you will be as blessed as I was by reading this. Make sure you take the time to look up the verses shared and ponder their Truth. 

With much love, 

Mrs. Joseph Wood

Proverbs 13:16

 “Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.”

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You’ve heard the saying “think before you act” or “look before you leap”; this Proverbs is telling us just that; but it says one more thing, it says fools don’t do either, in fact, they brag about their foolishness.

A wise/prudent person is cautious in decision making.  You won’t see them “flying off the handle” in a reply to something that needs discernment.  They won’t make rash decisions or brag about those decisions; instead, they will be discreet and act deliberately and with reserve when they make their decision (Ephesians 5:17).

A prudent person also weighs the facts, they don’t take sides or make deals without giving consideration to the options; they are careful to look at all the angles, pray, wait and trust the LORD for their decision making (Psalms 112:5).

We can look to historical events that have proven foolish decisions that were made in haste; decisions that impacted lives; decisions that are laid open to discussion and criticism by others (Ecclesiastes 10:3). When decisions are made without council and without consideration of God’s Word; they are as though a job is left half finished and it becomes a thorn in the flesh of those who live with the consequences.

Every action has a reaction, every deed is noticed; how do we respond?  Do we use the knowledge given to us by God’s Word or do we answer from the hollowness of our flesh?  Remember, wise words reap many benefits (see Proverbs 12:14).

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Prayer:  Father, let our mouths speak wisdom and our tongues talk of righteous judgment.  Apply your law to our hearts so that we do not stumble in making decisions.  Help us to be wise and seek your council; use your Word to direct our minds when decisions need to be made. LORD, you desire truth in the inward parts of man and we ask that you make wisdom known to us through truth. LORD, clean our hearts and our minds so that we are clear in thought and deed to make wise decisions.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Abiding Still

Refreshment For Our Soul

All of us experience exhaustion at some point in our lives. Days when we’ve given our very best, yet all we have to show for it is mental, physical, and spiritual exhaustion. I’m in trouble when I am living in a state of exhaustion instead of experiencing refreshment for my soul. Even when I am unaware, my soul is continually searching for refreshment. I’m desperate for a refreshment that is of substance, not just something that tickles my ears or fills my belly with air. God has created each of us with a need for refreshment that can only come from Him. 

 

Refreshment For Our Soul

Friends, we are often caught up in the world’s concept of refreshment for our souls, but I rejoice that my soul finds refreshment in Christ, our sound wisdom, not in the matters or people of this world!  Think how disappointing mirages are to the weary traveler; seeing in a distance a lake spanning before them, pressing forward yet never arriving at the promise of the refreshment.  This World is a mirage in the matter of wisdom; it cannot offer us the refreshment our soul’s desire. My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

Proverbs 3:21-22 My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Pr 3:21–22). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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Common sense and discernment will refresh our soul if we keep our eyes upon the Word of God.  When we seek His wisdom we will have the sound wisdom and discretion we need to endure, prevail and succeed in this life.  The work of our hands will be done unto the LORD, and we will not be found thirsty or without those things we need to bring God Glory!  God’s Word will be life to our soul; it will see us through the work He has given us, it will revive us when we are in trouble, it will be spiritual life pointing us to eternity. The LORD will be our confidence!

Proverbs 3:23-26 Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble. If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Pr 3:23–26). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

 

When we are refreshed by this wisdom, we are strengthened and satisfied. Our work will be that of peace and living in righteousness will bring us eternal assurance.  God’s Word brings us into a right relationship with Him because we are abiding with Him.  Wisdom does not allow us to stray from His side; it ever guards our hearts and draws us closer still…truly our souls will find fulfillment, satisfaction, and refreshment.  John 7:37-39

Isaiah 32:17-18 And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Is 32:17–18). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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John 7:37-39  On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jn 7:37–39). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

 

Spiritual Refreshment 

God protects those who live according to His Word.  That protection is His grace which keeps us from running headlong into sin and its destruction. Wisdom, found in God’s Word, directs us, keeps us and saves us. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

2 Timothy 3:16-17  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., 2 Ti 3:16–17). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Question

  • Does your soul need refreshing?
  • When was the last time you sought His word for renewal of your spirit?

Prayer:  To God be the Glory for the work done in our lives when we abide in you.  Thank you, LORD, for your refreshment of our soul.  Jesus is our living water, and it flows from us when we receive Him as Savior. LORD, refresh our souls and lead us to wisdom.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Additional Reading for Today:

Psalms 23:1-6 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ps 23:1–6). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Abiding Still

 

Christmas Devotions- Seasons of Prudent Living

Keeping in mind this Holiday Season, my mother, Connie, and I have written this devotion, for you, as our gift to the Lord. You will find that we have broken this study of prudence into small daily Christmas devotions that you can expand upon and ponder throughout your busy days. Since prudence is the practical use of wisdom or what I like to call, wisdom put to use, we have included a section titled “Practical Application” that accompanies each devotion. Periodically, through the devotional you will also find “Prudent Tips” written as a reminder that we can not separate prudence from the wisdom of God. The prudent understand that it is God’s wisdom living within in us that gives us direction for our days. I pray that these “Prudent Tips” give you some practical ways to apply His Word in your home in a creative way. Additional references have been given for you to look up. All Scripture, unless otherwise noted, is taken from the King James Bible.

As our hearts turn towards the Lord I am confident that He will open our eyes to practical ways to apply wisdom in our decision making, our relationships, even in our thinking. We invite you to write to us at anytime and share how God is working in your life. We are honored to pray for you as your Sisters in Christ.

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Until our next chat,

Mrs. Joseph Wood

The Wholesome Tongue

Proverbs 15:4, “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.”

What are the words we speak to one another?  Are they words of encouragement, comfort, edification, healing, accountability, and peace; are they words of love?

The wholesome tongue, the one that is guided by the Spirit of God, is as a tree of life.  Have you ever been the receiver of such words?  I have, many times, while waiting for an answer from the LORD, someone would offer me His Word of comfort to continue waiting upon Him for He is never late in His answer (Habakkuk 2:1-3).  I’ve received words of edification as I’ve struggled with “keeping-on”; I received those words just when they were needed to lift my spirit and kept me pressing on to the high mark of our calling (1 Thessalonians 5:11 & Philippians 3:14).  And I have been on the receiving end of being brought to accountability while I was lacking.

All of these and more are for our good; but when the tongue is used to bring down and to destroy, we find ourselves faced with a fire that cannot be quenched. Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold how great a matter a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith we bless God, even the Father; and therewith we curse men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries, either a vine, figs; so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you; let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom (see James 3:3-13).

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Prayer:  LORD, let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in thy sight; Oh, LORD our strength and our redeemer.  We pray the words we share with others will be filled with life, wisdom and love. LORD, speak through us and for us when we find no words; guide us to your Word and teach us to have wholesome tongues.  LORD, if we have spoken unkindly, or if we have not lifted someone who needed to be encouraged; forgive us that we did not use that opportunity to heal, comfort and bring peace.  LORD, give us opportunities to witness to others about your love for them.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Abiding Still

Connie Renfro

Speak Life! Proverbs 15:4, “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.”

His Mercies Are New Every Morning!

As I consider  my life, the days that are full to the brim with trials, the journey that seems to be leading me through valleys, deserts, and mountains to high for me to climb, I often thank God for the mercies that are new each morning. In fact, if you are in earshot of me you might very well hear me say, “God gives us mercies new every morning becasue He knows I use them all up before noon.”.  When we’re going through a trial we can know with our heads or even our hearts that His mercy is there, but we doubt if we “fee” His mercy present in our lives. I understand.

Today’s devotion from my mother is a reminder that God’s mercies are as tangible to us as the food we eat, the money we need to pay bills, or the victory we need in our lives. It’s not something that is illusive nor is it  something we store up for a rainy day. It’s something we are given each and every day, in perfect measurement for the day at hand. 

His mercies are never lacking. They are perfect not only to sustain us, but to give us life abundantly! 

I invite you to get our your Bible and join me today as I go to His Word and ponder His mercies!

Until our next chat, 

Mrs. Joseph Wood

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Lamentations 3: 22-24, “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”

This has been a verse that has been on my heart for several days. As I was considering the truth of His mercies, this new concept of his mercies was revealed in a way that I had never thought of.  So I share my heart with you today concerning God’s Mercies for His people.

Please read Exodus 16 on the provision of manna to the people as they wandered in the desert.  This is the passage I will be referring to as I lay out my gleaning of God’s Mercies.

As manna was provided to the Children in the Wilderness, the symbolism of their wandering is compared to our own journey on this earth.  We have been promised a “promise land” through the resurrection work of the cross as we receive his promise of eternal life with God the Father in heaven.

Manna was given each day, fresh on the dew and each person was to gather enough for their self and their family.  They could not put it in a storehouse and they could not hide it away for later.  Each day it was available to them and each day it was either used or it turned to worms. We are given God’s mercies each and every morning; we are free to use it as needed and there is always enough for our journey that day, but we cannot carry it over, or store it aside for a time when we think we might need it more.  God’s mercies are new every morning, just as the manna was new every morning.  Often, we get caught up in life and think we didn’t get enough of what we needed to accomplish our day; just like the children in the wilderness tried to gather enough, only to find it was turned to worms the very next day. God’s strength and His power will restore and equip us for the new day, just as the manna was there to restore and equip the children for the new day.

The LORD provided the manna and the quail for the children of Israel so that they would know He was their LORD and God! Just as His mercies are provided to teach, guide and strengthen us in our relationship with God, so that we know He is our LORD and God!

The LORD provided the manna 5 days a week enough to supply them through the day, but on the 6th day, he provided them enough for that day and the Sabbath day.  This was the only time that the manna did not turn to worm; the people would gather on the 6th day and by the 7th day the manna was still good.  In comparison with His mercies, we receive God’s mercies every morning, because we have Christ who came to fulfill the law; Christ is the Sabbath “the rest” of God; He is sufficient for us; so the difference is each morning His mercies are new, where in the Exodus, the manna reflected the law of God and had His people rested on the 7th day, but they were provided for nonetheless.

And finally, “And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan”; As we receive His mercies each morning, we will continue to do so until we reach our promised land too.  Then, we will abide with Him and new treasures will be ours, just as new foods and treasures were available to the Children of Israel as they crossed the borders of the land of Canaan.

With all of these analogies shared, I’d like to remind you that God shows us throughout the Word that each story told; each life recounted is for the purpose of making His attributes and His purpose known to us. Just as we can see the crimson strand of Christ from Genesis to Revelation; so are His accounts of Mercy and Grace.  Even now in John 5:30-35, Christ reminds them of the purpose of manna as the foreshadowing of Christ, “They said therefore unto him, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

Prayer: LORD, we will sing of your mercies forever; we will make known your faithfulness to all generations! The LORD is gracious and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.  Thank you for all of your illustrations of your love toward us.  We praise you for your attributes and your holiness.  LORD, thank you that your mercies are new every morning.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Abiding Still,

Connie Renfro

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His Law; is it the Apple of Your Eye?

It is wise for us to do life checks when we ask ourselves, “Is His Law the apple of our eye?” it so easy to get caught up in the busy of life, to become complete enveloped in the news around us that we forget to simply focus…. focus our hearts, minds, and thoughts on His Law and His will for us!

Here is a devotional from my mother, Connie Renfro, that she shared with us on the blog some time ago. May it encourage each of us to make His Law our focus today, and tomorrow, and the day after that.

With much love, ,

Mrs. Joseph Wood

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His Law; is it the apple of your eye?

Proverbs 7:1-2, “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.”

“Keep my commandments, and live”; we hear this encouragement many times throughout Proverbs. It is a common way to emphasis something of importance when we say it more than once. As I was reading this passage tonight, my heart was caught on the last phrase “and my law as the apple of thine eye.”  Many understand the phrase, but I decided to do a study on the phrase to find out more what our LORD was saying to us through this passage.

Moses and all of Israel were kept as the apple of the LORD’s eye; God found them in the wilderness, he lead and instructed them and he alone was their God (Deuteronomy 32:10-12) and they were as the apple of God’s eye.

The beauty of this passage points us to another attribute of God’s love for us. Not only is He a sovereign God who is the creator of all, but He is the God that even reveals himself in our natural reflexes. We’re told in Zechariah 2:8 that God is a protector and no one touches us without his protection. God made the eye of man another example of His wondrous creation to show us how, when we put our trust in him, we are protected by God as we would protect the very pupil of our own eye. (See Psalms 139:1-17 for further understanding of his care toward his people).

Prayer: Father, please keep us as the apple of your eye; hide us under the shadow of your wings. Thank you that we cannot go out of your sight that you are always seeing, always knowing and we are always your concern.  Thank you that you love us so much that you gave us your Son so that we could dwell with you for eternity.  Thank you for cleansing us from sin and redeeming us for sins wage of death.  Thank you that you constantly watch over us.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Abiding Still

Connie Renfro

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Hope Deferred

Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”

When we are waiting for something to come about, our anxious thoughts consume us.

When what we’ve been hoping for does not come our way, our heart grows weary.  Each of us have had experiences where we had hoped for something that didn’t turn out like we planned.

Do you remember the disappointment as you realized it would not come to fruition?

The heart’s desire is dashed and frustration is our companion, we often pray as Psalms 38:9, telling God how weary we are; we cry pools of tears and our thoughts are consumed in grief as we wait upon His answers.

Hope Deferred

It is hard to wait, but while waiting, God often builds our faith.  We have many examples of those who have gone before us who were hoping for a child from an old body (Genesis 21:6-7); a father desiring to see a son who was lost for so long (Genesis 46:30); those waiting for the messiah (Luke 2:29-30); and our hope to see Jesus again one day (John 16:22).

It is true that when our hope is fulfilled, truly it is as if we have found a tree of life, we often praise God and rejoice for the thing we had hoped for has come to pass. Yet, God does not always say yes to everything we desire; He often tells us to wait and He will tell us no if our will is not within His will. What we need to do in these times that we have had our hopes dashed is to stop and praise God for His Sovereign Decisions concerning us.  We must realize that not all things are profitable for us.

 

Prayer: LORD, we long for your answers to our prayers; we petition you for your will to be done in our lives; make our will according to yours. We rejoice over the times when you have answered our prayers and quenched our longing.  And for those things that we did not see come to pass, forgive us for not praising you for your perfect plan.  LORD, we remember your hand upon your people, we remember your miracles of scripture and we remember your salvation for all who will receive and we glorify you for those things.  But on this day, we also glorify you for your silence to our worldly dreams and personal gains.  We thank you for your loving kindness as we allowed our heart to stray from your will.  LORD, we commit all that we are and hope to be to your hand and we ask that you remind us that even when you say no or wait, there is purpose and there is a perfect design.  We trust you with our future.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Abiding Still

A Moment in Proverbs ~ A Sure Reward

Welcome to A Moment in Proverbs, a daily devotional written by my precious mother who has a heart for young moms. I hope you will be encouraged by this post. Feel free to leave a comment before you leave. She loves hearing from you all!

There is lasting value in righteous living.  Our sure reward is eternal through the LORD’s graciousness, justice and faithfulness to His people who walk after His calling.  His rewards to us are unmerited; for we deserve nothing but have been given life and life abundantly.

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How to Focus on Joy when Bad Things Happen *

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Have you ever wondered how to focus on joy when bad things happen? Are there people in your life that make it look easy? Do you ask yourself, “How do they do that?”

Let’s face it, sometimes life is hard. Sometimes, it’s really hard! I just realized today that God knows life is hard. Okay, maybe I have always known that with my head, but it traveled down to my heart today! It’s exciting whenever that happens!

Take a look! Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Did you see that? We’re to LOOK unto Jesus.. not our current situation. The Author and Finisher of our faith has showed us how to endure hard situations in this life.

How did Jesus endure the cross? Not by thinking about the pain, and focusing on the betrayal instead he endured it by setting his attention on the joy that was to come!! He knew that the pain of this world only lasts “a little while” in the light of eternity! He set his attention on the eternal JOY that was before Him!

In the first six weeks of 2014 our family has been through more than we’ve been through in a very, very, long time.

At one point my daughter, Beth Joy, looked at me and said, “Mom how do you remain so calm and keep joy in the midst of all of this?” At another time I was driving down the road with my oldest daughter, Bekah, when she said, “Mom, your life is what they make movies out of and everyone thinks it’s just Hollywood. No one would ever believe everything that happens to you, ever.” We laughed as we pondered that thought for awhile! She’s probably right.

If you know me in real life you know I don’t always hold it together. There are times you’ll catch me with my eyes on the storm instead of the Author and Finisher of my faith. There are times I get so consumed with the splashes from the waves of life that I forget I’m doing the impossible when my eyes are fixed on Him… I’m walking on water!

And since we’re talking about this subject of walking on water, take a look at that passage again. In Matthew 14 we hear about how Jesus told the disciples to get in the boat and go to the other side while he went and prayed. In that time, a storm blew in. Verse 24 says, “But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.”

Here’s my point, Did you ever notice all the times that God meets us in the most unpleasant places?

Think about it, Daniel in the Lions Den, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego tossed into the fire, or what about in the book of Mark when Jesus invited the disciples to come away with Him to a “quiet place”?? Friends, that quiet place was in a DESERT, not a lush green garden with a tea party set up!  There are many other examples. Can you name a few? Here in Matthew 14 we have Jesus inviting Peter to walk to Him in the midst of turbulent waters!!

So, what’s the message that God is presenting to us through these examples? How do we focus on joy when bad things happen? Could it be a reminder not to cave under pressure or hard times? When life gets hard we need to dig our feet into the ground and stand firm all the more saying, “This is where HE shows up!” We need to fix our eyes on the joy that will come instead of the hardship at the moment! When we do that we don’t change our circumstances, but we sure do change our outlook on our circumstances! And that kinda sorta, in some strange way, changes things all around!

Until our next chat,
Mrs. Joseph Wood

 

Refreshment For Our Soul

All of us experience exhaustion at some point in our lives. Days when we’ve given our very best, yet all we have to show for it is mental, physical, and spiritual exhaustion. I’m in trouble when I am living in a state of exhaustion instead of experiencing refreshment for my soul. Even when I am unaware, my soul is continually searching for refreshment. I’m desperate for a refreshment that is of substance, not just something that tickles my ears or fills my belly with air. God has created each of us with a need for refreshment that can only come from Him. 

 

Refreshment For Our Soul

Friends, we are often caught up in the world’s concept of refreshment for our souls, but I rejoice that my soul finds refreshment in Christ, our sound wisdom, not in the matters or people of this world!  Think how disappointing mirages are to the weary traveler; seeing in a distance a lake spanning before them, pressing forward yet never arriving at the promise of the refreshment.  This World is a mirage in the matter of wisdom; it cannot offer us the refreshment our soul’s desire. My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

Proverbs 3:21-22 My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Pr 3:21–22). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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Common sense and discernment will refresh our soul if we keep our eyes upon the Word of God.  When we seek His wisdom we will have the sound wisdom and discretion we need to endure, prevail and succeed in this life.  The work of our hands will be done unto the LORD, and we will not be found thirsty or without those things we need to bring God Glory!  God’s Word will be life to our soul; it will see us through the work He has given us, it will revive us when we are in trouble, it will be spiritual life pointing us to eternity. The LORD will be our confidence!

Proverbs 3:23-26 Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble. If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Pr 3:23–26). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

 

When we are refreshed by this wisdom, we are strengthened and satisfied. Our work will be that of peace and living in righteousness will bring us eternal assurance.  God’s Word brings us into a right relationship with Him because we are abiding with Him.  Wisdom does not allow us to stray from His side; it ever guards our hearts and draws us closer still…truly our souls will find fulfillment, satisfaction, and refreshment.  John 7:37-39

Isaiah 32:17-18 And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Is 32:17–18). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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John 7:37-39  On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jn 7:37–39). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

 

Spiritual Refreshment 

God protects those who live according to His Word.  That protection is His grace which keeps us from running headlong into sin and its destruction. Wisdom, found in God’s Word, directs us, keeps us and saves us. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

2 Timothy 3:16-17  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., 2 Ti 3:16–17). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Question

  • Does your soul need refreshing?
  • When was the last time you sought His word for renewal of your spirit?

Prayer:  To God be the Glory for the work done in our lives when we abide in you.  Thank you, LORD, for your refreshment of our soul.  Jesus is our living water, and it flows from us when we receive Him as Savior. LORD, refresh our souls and lead us to wisdom.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Additional Reading for Today:

Psalms 23:1-6 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ps 23:1–6). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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