“Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.”-Proverbs 23:12
I have a pile of books on my side table that looks a lot like this. Next week I have to take a graduate seminary class for Young Life, and my attitude about it has not been good. Young Life staff are required to take these continuing education classes every so often, and it is never convenient timing for everything else I have going in my life and job. However, I always learn a lot. The Lord always uses the time to teach me, and I’m trying to remember that now as I plod through the reading. This month I’m reading Proverbs, and I came across this verse the other day. It is my prayer that my heart and ears will be open to learning whatever God has to teach me through this class and through life in general. Hopefully my attitude can reflect the joy of serving Him throughout the classes and when I play catch up afterwards.
What is the Lord teaching you right now?
What a great message! This one has really stuck with me lately…
Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
In a time that I am not working (bringing in income) while going to school (acquiring student loans), it’s been difficult for me to put God first financially. A couple weeks ago, my Pastor really reminded us that making the sacrifice to give God the first 10% of the big pie is most important. I can afford to give up Starbucks a few times a month in the name of pleasing the Lord.