THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017
Key Bible Verse: For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6)
Dig Deeper: Proverbs 2
[Today’s Dig Deeper] opens a door to every one of us. We all want to grow in Christ. Now God is telling us how. Proverbs 2 is one of the most helpful passages in the Bible, because it explains what growth and sanctification and renewal feels like. This passage explains the psychology of change. This new mentality is the opposite of complacency.
Your most meaningful prayer is to “call out for insight” and “raise your voice for understanding” (v. 3, ESV). The whole passage is meant to position us in that place of blessing and protection. We need it. A tsunami of sin is slamming us in our world today, and all of us are suffering under it. Sometimes that suffering is our own fault, because we have been complacent and unguarded. Other times that suffering is precisely because we have stayed true to the Lord. However we are suffering, [Christ] is saying to us here in his Word, “Come to me. Deal with me. I am able to restore you out of your past failings and defend you for the future. Hurl yourself at me in all your need. I will give myself to you in all my grace. My wisdom will enter your heart in ways you’ve never known before.”
– Ray Ortlund Jr. in Proverbs
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