Monday, September 3, 2012

Monday Morning Devotion #309

“Charm is deceitful and beauty if vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 (ESV)

 I love this verse.  Actually, I love this entire section of Scripture.  This is the focal passage for our study in our Ladies’ Sunday school class, the Deaf Ladies’ Bible study, and the Bible study that I am doing with my two daughters.  But I do want to point out that this truth is not limited to women only.  “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  My prayer is that whoever the Lord leads to this website will be encouraged by the truth of God’s Word and HE will use this ministry to draw many to Himself.

Over the past two years, I have been busy writing lessons based on the testimonies of each woman in Scripture.  Although, we may be studying the lives of each of these women, our goal is to learn more about the Lord God through the lives HE has recorded in Scripture.  Each woman has a unique testimony and each one reflects the sovereignty of God.  Even the women who did not love the Lord and refused to submit to His authority has been used by God to display His character.  There are tons of life applications hidden within each life.

Scripture tells us that God is the same “yesterday, today, and forever” (see Heb. 13:8).  This is a beautiful truth for each of us!  God is still in the business of transforming lives, restoring what we have destroyed, and using us for His glory.  His story is being written upon our lives and His glory is being revealed through His children.  This week, I began studying with my two little girls.  We began by discussing “wisdom”…What does God’s Word say about wisdom, how do we obtain wisdom, and how is wisdom displayed in our daily lives?  Of course, we began in Proverbs chapter one…”The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).  We do not want to be fools and despise wisdom and instruction for through these we will learn more about the Lord God.  “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!  Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!  Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints, for those who fear him have no lack!” (Psalm 34:8-9).

God is good!  HE is worthy to be praised!  Our lives have been bought with a price.  That price was Christ’s own blood.  Our lives are not our own.  We are children of the Risen Lord and we are on this earth to proclaim His truth through our daily lives.  This year, my heart’s desire is to learn more about “living a life that is completely dedicated to the Lord God.”  I am finished living for myself and seeking to satisfy my flesh.  I want to love the Lord with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my strength, and with all my soul.  I want to be a vessel for the Lord to use to display His glory.  My life has been filled with many sins and rebellions against the Lord God but I am so thankful for His grace, mercy, unconditional love, and absolute forgiveness.  Praise the Lord HE “rebuilds the things we destroy” (see Is. 61:1-4) and gives us new mercies everyday!

I pray that each of you will join me each week to study God’s Word.  May we each learn more about the Lord God and live to serve Him whole-heartedly.