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Watch Out for Shallow Waters
My [daughter], if you accept my words and
store up my commands within you…
then you will understand the fear of the
LORD and find the knowledge of God.
—PROVERBS 2:1,5 NIV
We live in Newport Beach, California, just one block off the Pacific Ocean and Balboa Bay. Each day we have two high tides and two low tides. The thousands of boaters have to be careful that they pay attention to the tide charts. If not, they can have serious problems.
One of the conditions for safe, enjoyable boating is to make sure that the water is deep enough. If the water is too shallow, you run the risk of running aground and breaking out the bottom of your boat. Similarly, spiritual shallowness is not a good condition for our personal lives.
How do we develop a deep walk with the Lord—one that protects us from the shallowness of life? In Proverbs 2:1-9, I have found four provisions that might help you in this “walk with depth”:
|•||Saturate your life with the Word—We are to respond to the Word of God
and know it inside and out. “My [daughter], if you accept my words and store up
my commands within you… (verse 1 NIV). In this regard, we are to
have faith in God’s inspiration of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16). If we doubt this
inspiration, we will doubt verse after verse, and the Bible will hold no
constants for us. |
|•||Desire God’s Word—We are to be open to what God is saying to us, and
begin to desire what He has for us: “…turning your ear to wisdom and applying
your heart to understanding” (verse 2 NIV). This is why a daily
habit of being in God’s Word is such a valuable discipline. The more we know,
the more we fall in love with God’s words. |
|•||Develop a prayer life—“If you call out for insight and cry aloud for
understanding…” (verse 3 NIV). Every mature Christian whom I have
ever met has had a strong devotional life. Our prayer time is when we really get
to know who God is, and when He can speak to our heart.|
|•||Be consistent in your walk—“If you look for it as for silver and
search for it as for hidden treasure…” (verse 4 NIV). In 1849
gold was discovered in California, and those early prospectors spent years
searching for their treasure. They had to be persistent and consistent. That is
how it is with our approach to God’s Word. There are no overnight miracles when
it comes to overcoming the shallowness of life. The race of life is not a
sprint, but a marathon. |
What will be the result of abiding by these four principles? In verse 5 we read that we will learn “the fear and the knowledge of God.” That is a high-tide mark. Our boat will not run aground because of being in shallow water if we fear and know God.
|Prayer:||Father God, may my life truly reflect the fear and the knowledge of You.
May I stay afloat and not be damaged because of sailing in shallow waters. You
are the Commander of my ship. Amen. |
|Action:||Check your tide tables today. Is there enough water to prevent you from
going aground? If not, wait until high tide. |
Knowledge is horizontal. Wisdom is vertical—it comes down from above.
Excerpted from More Faith in My Day by Bob and Emilie Barnes. Copyright © 2005 by Bob and Emilie Barnes. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.