Proverbs 3:5-8 (TPT)

Become intimate with Him in whatever you do, 
and He'll lead you wherever you go. 
And don't think for a moment that you know it all, 
For wisdom comes when you adore Him with awe and wonder, 
And avoid everything that's wrong. 
For then you'll find the healing refreshment 
Your body and spirit longs for. (Prov. 3:5-8 TPT) 

It was 2012 and I was sitting in my apartment looking at the computer screen as my professor just gave a challenge for homework. "Pick a scripture and quote it 2,000 times a day then watch as God uses it to transform your life."

TWO THOUSAND TIMES A DAY. Don't get me wrong, I love the Word, I love quoting the Word, I love singing the Word, but TWO THOUSAND TIMES A DAY? Oh sweet Jesus, help. 

And so it began. I picked Proverbs 3:5-6 and I began to quote it, sing it, hum it, recite it, read it, meditate on it. As I ran I would sing it to myself over and over. As I walked my class to the track I'd say it to myself, and them, much to their dismay. It became part of my everyday conversation. It became my constant reminder and the Word I relied on. 

I knew these were the verses that God had me focus on and as I look back over the last two years, I can still see why. I've moved, began full time ministry, moved, came out of full time ministry, went on the mission field, saw many doors open and many doors close, went back into full time ministry, went to Congo, and here I am today. It's been two years of LOTS AND LOTS of transitioning and it's no wonder God needed me to heed these words and still does... everyday... 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight, be not wise in your own eyes and turn away from evil, it will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones." (Proverbs 3:5-8) 

This morning I sat down with Proverbs from the passion translation and as I read through I got to these very familiar verses. It was as if a soothing peace began to run through the core of my being. These scriptures still feel like home to me. They still encourage my heart. They still bring hope. They lift my eyes to the One who leads me. They remind me of all that He has done to get me to where I am. If it hadn't been for Him who knows where I would be. 

"Become intimate with Him in whatever you do and He'll lead you wherever you go"
Intimacy breeds trust. The more time we spend with Him the more we trust Him because He is trustworthy. He is faithful. He is dependable. As you become intimate with Him, close to Him, trusting Him, leaning on Him, He is faithful to guide us to our destiny. It's not always about a location, but many times it's areas of maturity, growth, understanding, intimacy, discipline, etc. It's where He is desiring to take us to. We're all in a race, we're all on a journey, you may not be moving cities, jobs, or having "major life transitions" but He is still wanting to lead your every step. 

"And don't think for a moment that you know it all" 
Isn't this the trap that the enemy so desires for us to fall into. My goodness I know I've fallen into it more times than I want to admit, but Holy Spirit and His never ending mercy is so gracious to put me back on track every time. We often think well "it always happens this way", "well I was taught this way", "well last time it was like...", "I know that if I can just...". Your flesh desires for you to fall back on intellectual head knowledge and experience because it's comfortable there, but unfortunately that's not how things in the Kingdom work. He does things in ways that don't make sense to our minds. He asks us to do things in ways that go against everything that our brain would tell us, often taking us far out of our comfort zones, and challenging what society thinks is "correct". He often asks us to keep silent when all we want to do is talk, He may ask you to talk when everything in you wants to keep silent, He may ask you to take a right when you always take a left, He may say don't do it that way, do it this way, He may ask you to reach out to that kid when you're way more comfortable with this other kid, He may say kneel, stand, run, sit, etc. He wants control. 
It is imperative that we pursue intimacy that breeds a trust so deep that we fully rely on His guidance rather than our own thoughts and emotions or decision making process. It is just as important to trust Him in the things that seem "small" as well as the "big" decisions life brings our way.

"For wisdom comes when you adore Him with awe and wonder, And avoid everything that's wrong. "
Wisdom. Gosh you should really read Proverbs in TPT or any translation and see how vital wisdom is. In this day in age we can look around and see what lack of wisdom has done to our society, to our churches, to relationships, and more. The enemy has preyed on lack of wisdom to confuse and thwart many things that God wanted to use for His Kingdom. Wisdom comes from getting into the Word and seeing what wisdom really is. It comes from giving Him His place of exaltation as Lord of our lives. Give Him that place and you will do your best to avoid all that is wrong or as one of my favorite scriptures puts it... "Loving Me empowers you to obey my commands" (John 14:15 TPT) 

"For then you'll find the healing refreshment Your body and spirit longs for."
This speaks for itself. Who doesn't need healing refreshment? Who doesn't need healing, peace, mercy, grace, all of those things that we can find in Him. 

I'm reminded today of how important these scriptures are to our day to day walk. In every moment, in every decision, heeding His voice and guidance. It's not just when it's life threatening, it's not just when things seem out of whack, it's not just when we're making major decisions, we need to be listening when it seems simple, when we think it's all in place, are we seeking Him in ALL OUR WAYS? 

Be Blessed, 
J. Tate