Phil Bredehoft's Week 3

Proverbs 18:1 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment.

Observation:

Being reclusive and not seeking true and pure fellowship with others only allows me to deviate further away from God and His will – not to mention I will become spiritually dull.

Solomon is simply stating the importance of having fellowship, council, and friendship. A man who segregates himself is only left with his own perspective. It stands to reason that over time that even an individual’s well intentioned thought will spiral downward, and become narrower and less and less inclusive. The enemy of our God seizes these moments and lays snares along the way for us to become trapped in. Finding strength in the pure fellowship, council and friendship of Christian men is a formidable force against evil; and surely brings joy to our God.

Application:

My application is, and will continue to be, involved with fellowship within the church. I also strive to make deeper friendships that transcend the borders of CCC property. I desire to be part of a deeper relationship that exercises Proverbs 27:17 (As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend) to the fullest. I think for men this type of relationship is difficult to find, and perhaps harder to maintain. Nonetheless developing this lifestyle of fellowship, council, and friendship is spiritually important and ought to be strived for. Classes through the church, journey groups, and meeting with a Christian brother elsewhere are great places to engage.

Prayer:

Father God please work in me and around me to seek wise and prudent friendships. God I thank you for a great church to join others in fellowship, and I pray for deeper connections that are built around glorifying you. God thank you for being a God that hears our prayers. I love you. Amen.