December 08, 2014
All of us pursue things in life. In fact, today will be a record of your pursuits—whether in business, pleasure, family, entertainment, relationships, etc. What you really value you will pursue.
But the most important question about today is this:
Will you pursue God?
Will you run after Him and His wisdom?
The inspired writer of Proverbs knew the most important direction. He reminds us of the direction needed and the endgame assured.
Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts.
For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord.
But he who sins against me injures himself; all those who hate me love death. (Proverbs 8:34-36)
""Blessed is the man who listens to Me."" Blessing is promised to the one who turns his ear and heart and attention to Christ. Who makes knowing Christ the passion of his life.
""Watching daily at my gates."" This is not an occasional or sporadic pursuit, but must be the regular, daily passion of your life because you know the results of an undirected life.
""Waiting at my doorposts."" Doors and gates were important in Solomon's day for there was often only one way into a city or building. Therefore to wait at the doorpost meant you were going to encounter everything that passed by. This indicates something of the intentionality and intensity needed in this pursuit.
There is both a positive and negative promise. If you find Christ (wisdom) you will find life and favor from God. But if you neglect this, you will injure yourself and find death. Read that last sentence again carefully. Is that really what you want? It will be the reality for every man who fails to be intentional about the trajectory of his passions.
So, what will you pursue today? Evaluate your activity…for days turn into weeks and weeks to years. And soon the sum total of your daily pursuits will tell the tale of your life.
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