Book: Proverbs 8
“Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home!”
Three words we want to consider as we think about God and His wisdom that bring joy and they are Listen, Watch and Wait. In many ways they are one in the same but yet each has a distinct focus.
Listening to God and the wisdom He provides through reading, studying and meditating on His word will always end in joy to the heart. There are times when we are convicted by what He teaches us and we become sorrowful, which leads us to repentance resulting in obedience to Him and joy for us.
Watching what God has done, is doing, and will do brings joy to our heart. Think of the ten lepers who Jesus healed and only one came back to thank Him. Although all of them experienced healing, only one of them came back to thank Jesus. The leper was healed, and acknowledged that Jesus healed him. We do not know much about what happened to this person but I suspect that he shared with others what Jesus had done for him. I suspect he kept his ears tuned to other reports of Jesus healing.
Today we can watch God at work as we hear testimonies of Him doing miracles in peoples lives. As we acknowledge what God is doing in our own lives there is a joy that none can take from us. We have to be watching or else we will miss out on seeing God at work.
Waiting is not something most of us like doing especially when there are other things to do. Waiting in this case brings a sense that we are in His Kingdom enjoying the atmosphere but are also eagerly wanting and expecting He has more wisdom for us. There is an anticipation of being with Him who we love.
Take time today to consider how you Listen, Watch and Wait for the Lord. Is there a joy in your heart even when around you things seem to be falling apart? Are you eager to hear Him, see Him and be with Him? Today through prayer, let Him know that you want to be a better listener, and get to know Him better.