Leave that and Live This – 4/21/20

Anthony Opulencia

Proverbs 9:6 – “Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight”

  

Many times, we ask God what to do in certain situations. Sometimes we find it difficult to discern God’s wisdom. Who could ever know the wisdom of God other than God Himself? In this passage God is telling us to leave our simple ways and live. He is telling us to leave behind everything that we once knew was true before we met Jesus. Sometimes we get stuck in our own habits without considering what God has to say in our lives. In Luke 5, I remember the story of Peter when Jesus asked him to fish. Peter was doing his regular way of fishing as his trade yet was unable to catch any. Then Jesus shows up, preaches to the crowd while on Peter’s boat, and asks him to cast out his net again to fish (Lk 5:3-4). And Peter replied, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets” (Lk 5:5). Peter obeyed and was able to catch a lot of fish to the point of the nets breaking and the boats sinking (Lk 5:6-7).  God is asking us to trust Him, to live, to walk in the way of insight. 

 

In the NKJV translation of the Bible, this verse says, “Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding.”  Our ways are foolish compared to God’s ways. For us to live, we need to turn away from our old ways and pursue to seek the ways of God. We must walk in the way of insight, not just take a step or two, but walk. To walk is a continuous motion of moving from one place to another in a gradual manner. This pace makes us consider each step we are taking. In same way, living in the way of insight will better be understood through time as we faithfully trust and obey Him.  

Prayer Points

 

  1. Pray and ask the Lord to help you leave your “simple ways” behind and to guide you to live and walk in his way. 
  2. Pray for our church to rely more on Jesus rather than our own thinking.  
  3. Pray for this City to start seeking Jesus. As a church in this city, let us walk together and encourage each other.