Seems like everyone is searching for happiness, contentment, and peace these days. Well, I guess that's the way it's always been. Isn't it funny how we know what to do to fix certain problems, but we just don't do it?
For example; one of my children pointed out the fact that all of his life I have been dieting, but yet I haven't lost (or at least I don't lose and keep it off)...in his words, "You are still the same, you aren't smaller, but you are also not bigger." What do I need to do about that? Do you know? I know. And if I didn't know, that same child would be glad to coach me each day to do the right things to solve my problem. My problem is fixable, but I keep listening for a different answer; an answer that has nothing to do with my eating and my exercising! Just ain't gonna happen! The answer is still the same. In my son's words again, "Mom, if you'd just walk for 30 minutes 3 or 4 times a week, and I mean REALLY walk, you wouldn't have to worry as much about what you eat. If you aren't out of breath, you need to speed up! If you know a food is good for you, eat more of it, if it's not good for you, eat in moderation, and drink alot of water." I KNEW ALL OF THAT!!! So there, I have an answer to my problem. I know that answer, but the answer is not going to help me get smaller if I don't put into action what I know.
Another example: If your house is dirty; what is the solution? Clean it of course. You can know to clean it, but until you get out the vacuum cleaner and a dusting rag and use a little elbow grease, your house will still be dirty.
Proverbs 3 is full of 'DO THIS' and 'THIS HAPPENS'. Let's look! DO THIS: Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: THIS HAPPENS: Proverbs 3:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace shall they add to thee. DO THIS: Proverbs 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart; THIS HAPPENS: Proverbs 3:4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. DO THIS: Proverbs 3:5-6a Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, THIS HAPPENS: Proverbs 3:6b and He shall direct thy paths. DO THIS: Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. THIS HAPPENS: Proverbs 3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. DO THIS: Proverbs 3:9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: THIS HAPPENS: Proverbs 3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. DO THIS: Proverbs 3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction. WHY? Proverbs 3:12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. HOW CAN WE BE HAPPY? Proverbs 13-14 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain therof than fine gold.
Proverbs 3, verses 1-14 are full of answers. It tells us how to have good health, how to have plenty, how to be happy, how to find direction in our lives, and how to find favour with God. We all want those things, don't we? But, are we willing to do the verses before those answers?
Just something to think on.