PRINCIPLE 3 | INTENTIONALLY BUILD YOUR LIFE ON GOD’S WORD
Many people say they value the Bible. Tons of people say they live by the Bible. That’s good. That’s wonderful. But is it true?
It’s one thing to talk the talk, but are we walking the walk? It’s awesome to pontificate about how important the Bible is to us…but is it really? Is it truly a major priority in our lives?
Proverbs 2 tells us to build our entire life on the Word, in the Word, and through the Word. In other words, we are told to be intentional, purposeful, and practical about prioritizing God’s Word – which is God’s Wisdom. We are to literally study and apply the teaching of Scripture and make God’s Word the blueprint for how we do life. Proverbs calls that WISDOM and to live any other way is foolish.
“My son, IF you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, THEN you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:1-5). True wisdom is found in God’s Word. And the wise person will intentionally build their life on and through the Bible.
What is your “Bible consumption” rhythm? Are you pleased with the priority you give to Scripture? Most of us go through waves where we are really dialed in and great students of the Bible and then there are other seasons where, “Well…not so much.” Take time right now to right the ship if you need to. Find a specific time and specific place where you can read, take notes, and purpose to practically apply or live out what you are reading. Be intentional about putting God’s Wisdom to work for you. This year I’m doing a deep dive into the book of Proverbs. I’ve read it many times but this year I want to go deeper, stay longer, think more carefully than ever about what true wisdom looks like, and then I’m asking God to help me live it out more faithfully than ever before. Pick a plan, find a time, choose a place, and join me in taking God’s Word more seriously than ever before. It is the wise thing to do.