Meet Reid Brown and Week 1 Post

It was during my sophomore year of college that I received Christ and began a relationship with God. Being part of a small group Bible study shortly afterwards was my first exposure to how the Bible was God's Word. It had a sense of life, truth and direction that I found so important to growing close to God.Over the years I have journaled through different passages of the Bible. It has been a very helpful vehicle to hear from God, reflect upon what He is doing in my life and a source of guidance and direction. This was my first time to journal through the book of Proverbs. With so many different ideas and concepts contained in a single chapter, it was often a challenge to identify on verse to go deeper on. There always seemed to be one that God brought to the surface that I sensed He wanted me to focus on. I have this feeling that when I journal through this book again, there will be a whole new set of verses that will stand out.

Week 1: Proverbs 5:8,9

Scripture:

Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel,

Observations

In the previous seven verses, Solomon warns of the dangers of falling into adultery. What looks good on the outside only leads to disappointment, pain and death. The message of a devoted heart stood out to me from verses 8 and 9. Solomon's father, David had a devoted heart to the Lord. Solomon's life has been characterized by a being half-hearted in devotion to the Lord. When our hearts lose full devotion, we end up giving our best to something or one other than the one of our true devotion. It affects us for years in either receiving God's discipline or a lack of production.

Application

I want to have a fully devoted heart unto the Lord. I can do this by loving God first and loving my neighbor as myself. What would communicate my love for God? The thing that the Lord brought to mind was to slow down in my schedule for a period of reflection and silence before Him. Even in the midst of my busiest time of the day, morning and afternoon, I'm setting out to take 2 minutes of silence before God, review the verse that I journaled upon that day and concluding with another 2 minutes of silence. This helps me remember that God is always present and in control. It helps keep my heart in a place of devotion to the Lord.

Prayer

Lord may I connect with you over what is in my heart. I want to be devoted to you wholeheartedly.