Staying alert

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

May/June 2016 Issue –  The Presence of God‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11

The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):

Proverbs 25:11-25 (NIVUK): ”Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given. Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.

Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master.

Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given.

Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

If you find honey, eat just enough – too much of it, and you will vomit. Seldom set foot in your neighbour’s house – too much of you, and they will hate you.

Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbour.

Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.

Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on a wound, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.

Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain is a sly tongue – which provokes a horrified look.

Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.”

I can say that I’m not a great fan of Proverbs, however, we do see some of them quoted in the New Testament. For example, Paul in Romans 12:20, mentions Proverbs 25:21: ‘If you enemy is hungry, give him food to eat. … ‘ Yet, I can’t immediately see the relevance of the key verse (above) with today’s study, any suggestions?

Today, Selwyn looks at another practice used by some in order to remind themselves of God’s continuing presence in their lives. He states: “By being alert and watching for anything interesting or unusual that happens during the day and immediately bringing God into it. … Stay alert and watch out for the unusual and the unexpected today – and allow it to trigger an awareness and appreciation of Jesus’ constant presence in your life.”

What do you think of Selwyn’s suggestion?