Proverbs16:20(NIV) Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
Today I was just flipping through my Bible on my way to the book of Ruth when I paused at Proverbs 16:18, you know, the pride goes before destruction verse. It caught my attention because just last night I started listening to an audio book about humility and well as you can guess any good book about humility must also talk about pride. I was examining myself as the book instructed, praying that God will help me deal with any pride issue in my life. Sadly I was reminded that it had reared its ugly head yesterday in an argument with my husband. So when I started the book on humility that night I was certainly convicted. That’s probably why Proverbs16:18 caught my attention today. I read down to verse 20 and it sparked my desire to write this post.
As I develop this website I’m keen at capturing as much verses on blessings from the Bible. Proverbs16:20 highlights one of my favourite keys to Biblical Blessings, ’trust in the LORD’. I intend to do a full article on that key on the website, but for today I just wanted to share my thoughts on this verse itself. At first glance the verse looked just like a sentence displaying two different concepts but, as I read over it again, I couldn’t miss the relevance of the link between heeding instruction and trusting the Lord. The best instruction we can get is from the Lord but even when it comes to biblical instructions sometimes giving heed to it is a struggle. For me I think that struggle points at an issue of trust. I believe I trust the Lord but why didn’t I trust him enough to heed the instruction He sent through a verse linking pride with contention yesterday morning and just let a simple issue slide instead of pressing my point to the edge of an argument by afternoon. Had I heeded what I now consider a prior warning I would have had a totally blessed day with my husband rather than putting a damper on our day. Yes we forgive and move on but it’s so much better not to let my pride hurt another person’s feeling and get me into negative emotions. Being aware of the effect of that relatively simple issue and learning the lesson that comes with it can help me avoid falling into a bigger pit when faced with other more serious issues.
Now do you understand why I got sidetracked on my way to Ruth? I’m sure glad the Holy Spirit alerts me to correction. My aim is to totally trust God and obey quickly and whole heartedly the instructions found in His Word. This is certainly a key to blessings and prosperity.
Now you, think about a time when you can recall reading a scripture or hearing a sermon that you later realised was a ‘heads up’. Did you trust God in the critical moment and heed the warning? What lessons did you learn?
I’m on this journey to obtain all the promises of blessings I’m given through Christ. What about you?