Reading Proverbs 8:1-36
In 1994 I found myself in England having left the Royal Hong Kong police. There was a opportunity for me to rejoin my old police force, the Thames Valley Police. However, I decided that I wanted to dedicate my life, my job and my future completely and utterly to God. I knelt down, curled myself up into a ball and prayed, “Lord, what do you want me to do with my life?” The room was silent. I prayed again, “Lord, I’m not going to move, I’m not going to talk, I’m not even going to think, until you tell me what you want me to do with my life. ” There, in my desperation I heard God’s voice.
He said, “Andrew, you are my son and I’m pleased with you,” (That was something of a shock!) I’m going to lead to you everywhere you need to go, teach you everything you need to know. All you must do is keep your eyes on me and in my footprints place your own feet”. Again I asked, “What do you want me to do?” In my heart, I heard these words, “I want you to be a policeman of my people, I want you to protect them, I want you to teach them, and I want you to love them.”
Shortly after this event I started working part time at my church, then after a short time in YWAM I went to Spurgeon’s College in South London to train as a Baptist Minister. Shortly before I started at Spurgeons, an Elder at my church gave me some words, I put them in my Bible, they’re still there to this day, they read,
“If you are obedient to God he will prosper your ways. If you go your own way, that way will lead to destruction.”
At the time I thought his words at bit harsh. But, over the last 21 years I’ve come back to them again and again, I’ve seen the truth of them. This is the message of Proverbs chapter 8.
God gives us a choice; will we choose Him and His ways or or will we choose our own path’s? The funny thing is, we often think that by going our own way we will be better off, it seems to me, in my life at least, that has never been the case.
“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:9-10 NIV 1984).
“For those who find me find life
and receive favour from the Lord.
But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death” (Proverbs 8:35-36 ESV)
Father, thank you that you are close to all who call on you. Today I call on you. Thank you that you are life and peace to those who follow you. Thank you that you have come that I might have a life marked by love, your love. Help me to love you, and to love those those around me. Lord, those I find hardest to love I ask for special grace, to both love and serve them. Let me walk in all your ways today. I cry out to you as Solomon cried out, “I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties …. So give your servant a discerning heart.”
Today I chose wisdom, today I chose Jesus, today I again chose to follow him. Amen
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