As we enter into the book of Proverbs, we see a Father sharing wisdom and instructions to his sons. In verse 7 in Proverbs chapter 1 we see that fools despise wisdom and instruction. Notice in verse 8 we see the sons being directed to listen to and specifically hear or pay attention to instructions from their father. Implicit in that statement suggests there are other people trying to arrest our attention and provide instruction in our lives that don’t line up with our Father. Unlike the wisdom of this world, our Father in heaven desires for us to live not only well but more importantly right.
Certainly our Father loves us with an everlasting love and desires for us to live well, but to that end He is not primarily concerned about our happiness as much as He is concerned about our holiness. God understands that true long-term happiness is found in our holiness and our obedience to Our Father’s instructions who desires the very best for His children.
There is indeed a difference in living well and living right. According to this world, living well is determined based on what we can see with our physical eyes. Living right is determined by how you achieved, gain and handle what you have. How did you get that job? How did you get that money? Who did you hurt in the process, and what rule or law did you ignore to achieve your goal?
God not only wants us to live well, but do the right thing even when it is not popular. In this ungodly world how do we create a lifestyle of doing the right thing in the eyes of God? Pastor Jackson shared that, first begin by showing respect or reverence to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by worshiping Him with both our lips and lifestyle. We bow down our will and our way to God’s will and His way for our life. Secondly, we must learn to listen to God and learn not only what to do, but what not to do in this life. Thirdly, stay away from those who promote stupidity and behave like they have no sense. Finally, search for wisdom and understanding wherever you may find yourself.
Amazing things happen when you begin to hang out with God and obey His instruction for your life. You will begin to discover who you are in Christ and who your real friends are and with those you should and shouldn’t be connecting. As children of God, there are many things we love but just because we love them it doesn’t mean they are good for us. Remember family, as any loving daddy would do, the decisions God makes in our lives are for our growth that we may grow up and become everything that He desires for us to be.