So often I read the Proverbs as tips for me to implement. Then verses in today’s chapter stand out and God asks me: “Is this you?”
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.” –verses 11-12
I usually read this pondering whether my words are fitly spoken or if I am a wise rebuker. But God turned that concept upside down this morning.
Instead of doing the rebuking, how am I at receiving rebuke? Am I an obedient ear to God’s call? I can say that today, as in days in the recent past, He has had to remind me over and over again of His promise, His faithfulness, and His provision for my life. As I considered going my own way–and seriously considered it–He reminds. He delights in us, in me, and so He reminds…and reminds…and reminds.
And rather than receiving reminders with a deep breath, my heart may instead need to be obedient from the outset. This is old ground that He and I plow over and over again. And the spiritual result is the same: regardless of what things look like now, He will prevail. And He will do so mightily.
Rather than get all in a bother, I would be wise to be obedient. And in that obedience, I will see His words “like apples of gold in settings of silver” and “an ornament of fine gold.” Rather than a deep breath reaction, my smile will widen at the thought of His beautiful words as ornaments in this life.
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