Tuesday, May 1, 2012

"Are We Separating?" ---- Thought from Proverbs

"Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom." -Proverbs 18:1

   The writer of Proverbs is taking the time to emphasize a certain cluase in this verse. When I first briefly read this, my eyes drew to the words "through desire" - in which I took as a great principle of being thirsty and hungry to know more of God's wisdom. But upon re-reading it, I realized I had skimmed over a very essential part.... "having separated himself."
 This caused me to think... am I separating myself? It's great to have a desire and to be seeking God's wisdom and more, but unless I set time aside and separate myself from the cares and busyness of life, that's exactly what it's going to be: a mere desire.
  In college (and any time in life, really), I have found that it's so easy to get in the mundane routine of classes, lack of sleep, work, friends, etc., that our set apart, quiet personal time with the Lord can, sadly, become very minimum. Is the only time I do in-depth studies of God's Truth for a doctrines class? Or am I really setting time aside to beg God to show me new truths from His Word?
   How is my seeking? Have I fallen apathetic in thinking that I've learned all the "basics" of Christian living and God's wisdom? May we strive to set ourselves apart from our life, our cares, and our schedules to alone with God and dig deeper for His wisdom and allow it to become personal.

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