Proverbs 23:26 ESV “My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.”
When I read this verse I thought, “That’s all God wants from us; our hearts. Not our ritualistic works that have no heart in them. God wants us to be engaged with Him on a deep personal level. He made us. We have our existence because of Him. If not for God NOTHING would be here. How can we not give Him our hearts? How can we go through life selfishly deceived?”
Almighty God; the creator of heaven and earth, invites us to observe His ways and get to know Him. God is no narcissist. He doesn’t get off on how many Likes he gets on social media. He doesn’t need our friendship. He doesn’t need anything. But oh how we have a great need for Him! God is inviting us to observe and delight in His ways not only that we may know Him but also to benefit ourselves.
God is not a tyrant. Yet if He wanted to He could force obedience from us. That would be very easy for Him to do. But we’re not robots. We are created in the very image of God. He designed us with freedom of choice. How amazing! Think about it for a moment: someone creates you (gives you life), and also gives you the ability to choose whether you want them or not. Remarkable! That is not the traits of an egotistical, control freak. Yet some say that’s what God is.
WHAT’S OUR DECISION?
What have we decided? Have we chosen to give God our heart? Or are we holding back on Him? God always initiates love first. He created us we didn’t create Him. He chose us first we did not choose Him. He gave us His greatest gift; His son, to redeem us from sin. We did not make a payment to Him. Will we let Him know that he is the delight and desire of our hearts? Or are we so busy with things of this world that we’ve gotten distracted, and have no time for God? Have we made so much money that we don’t think we need Him? Are we so beautiful (like some think) we feel we’re too much for Almighty God? Are we so smart that we don’t need His wisdom? We could go on and on with questions like these. But everything we have; our time, money, smarts, beauty, etcetera, all comes from God. In other words we wouldn’t have any of these things if it was not for Him. He created us! How many have turned things of this world into gods instead of worshiping and glorifying the one true God? This is insane!
It’s a supreme privilege to have the King Of The Universe as our friend. If you read the above verse (Proverbs 23:26) that invitation is extended to you. Just remember God is our creator. It’s not the other way around. Hence he has the right to give us instructions. The reason why so many are not friends with God is because they are unwilling to be taught the truth by Him. They hate the truth. And will not come near it for fear their evil deeds will be exposed. (John 3:19-21) Let us not be that way. Let’s open our hearts to God and learn from Him. Let’s benefit ourselves:
Proverbs 2:1-8 NET “My child, if you receive my words, and store up my commands within you, 2:2 by making your ear attentive to wisdom, and by turning your heart to understanding, 2:3 indeed, if you call out for discernment – raise your voice for understanding – 2:4 if you seek it like silver, and search for it like hidden treasure, 2:5 then you will understand how to fear the Lord, and you will discover knowledge about God. 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. 2:7 He stores up effective counsel for the upright, and is like a shield for those who live with integrity, 2:8 to guard the paths of the righteous and to protect the way of his pious ones.”
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