It Begins With a Foundation

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2010

  • Spin cycle. What is it in your life that has you in the spin cycle? Is it your job(s)? Are you spinning between job and family as a single parent? Perhaps you're a member of the "tweener" generation with adult children, grandchildren, and parents? Are you constantly on the go in your car or in the air? How many activities are on your calendar each week for yourself and your children? Do you have a wounded heart that cries out for attention?

    Talk about spinning, the blades on those windmills just north of Lincoln are spinning at 140+ miles per hour. Do you feel like you're riding the tip of the windmill blade as it generates electricity? Those giant windmills stand as tall as a 30 story building with blades that are more than 100 feet long. But, what's not so apparent is more than 400 tons of concrete giving each windmill a solid foundation. The faster you spin, the greater your need for a solid foundation.

    On Sunday we started a series in Proverbs titled "Hope for the Harried Household." It's a series designed to make sure that you have a solid foundation in the Bible so that you can withstand the spin in your life. Our time together on Sunday was spent mostly in Proverbs 1 where we considered the purpose of these writings of Solomon. Read his words and reflect on Pastor Tom's comments.

    The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel. To know wisdom and instruction, to discern the sayings of understanding. To receive instruction in wise behavior, righteousness, justice and equity; to give prudence to the naive, to the youth knowledge and discretion, a wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:1-7

    The key to Proverbs is in that last section, fear the Lord and that is the beginning of wisdom for living. The faster you spin, the deeper and stronger your foundation needs to be. Two challenges this week as we look forward to this series from Proverbs. First, consider your foundation and seek to strengthen it as we study together. Second, take just a few minutes each day and read the Proverb that is numbered the same as that day. Go ahead, pick up your Bible and read Proverbs 11 today, then 12 tomorrow. You'll be amazed at the wisdom for living Solomon left for you.


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