Come on now, read at least the first seven verses of Proverbs 2. You can do this without missing too much precious time on your smartphone, right? All of Proverbs is like a spiritual Google roadmap. Maybe better? Must you ask? After all, sometimes the internet is out-of-date. I remember driving across country, somewhere in Texas or Louisiana, needing to fill up our gas tank and being led by Google maps to a station that hadn’t yet opened. Just workmen and shiny new, unused gas pumps. No help there.
Proverbs 2 presents a different kind of roadmap, one for good, godly living. The life we’d like to live. As with anything that’s worthwhile, it takes effort. Blood, sweat, and tears in a manner of speaking. Living God’s way doesn’t just float out of the sky and land on our collective heads. Neither by osmosis as we sleep. Nor some freebie in the sticky popcorn Cracker Jack box of life. Takes your level best.
Now, wait a cotton-pickin’ minute! Sounds like we have to work for God’s salvation, doesn’t it? Hold on. Get this straight. Our relationship with God is His free gift. No backbreaking effort is required. No being perfect before membership is accepted. Rather, it’s free for the asking for Jesus paid it all. Our bill He covered. No debt owed, which we couldn’t pay anyway. Nothing is required except some gratitude, and some trust in Jesus alone, while admitting our failure to follow God on our own, and remembering that God’s the greatest giver. That’s how our relationship with God gets off the ground. Got it?
But after becoming His own, then get out of bed, cease making lazy circles in your life, and get to work…for Him…for others…for a change. That’s all woven tightly into those Proverbs 2 maxims. About making your ears attentive to the things of God. Leaning into what will increase your understanding of godly living. Seeking God’s wisdom is much like a job that produces a livelihood. Searching out His Word in the Bible. Our head in its pages. Our heart passionately His.
Getting serious about following Jesus. Putting Him front and center. Getting off your high horse. Discontinuing navel-gazing, and begin caring about somebody else.
All of the above signals an exciting life. One that makes a mark, leaving a lasting one at that. A life that paves the way for an unimaginable and mind-boggling heavenly paradise. Certainly far better than anywhere that Google maps may take you.
Thank you, Jesus, for a life worth living. Amen.