This blog shows that I think I understand God’s ways enough to write about them, although I wouldn’t actually say I’m wise. But verse 13 doesn’t allow me to sit back and admire my writing.
The way I live proves how well I understand God’s word. If I don’t follow it, I don’t really understand it.
God knows my besetting sins, and He speaks to them specifically in this passage.
I need to deal with the jealousy and selfish ambition that keeps popping up. No matter how many times I submit my wants to God, I find myself looking at others and wanting what they have. I need to continually ask God to purify my heart and fill it with love for Him and love for others so that I don’t think about what I want, but what He wants and what they need.
In my writing, I need to stop looking for praise, but instead look for ways it can help others. I’ll be honest. I like my own writing. After I’ve written something I like to read it just to admire my way with words. So, of course, I expect other people to admire it. I look for praise and if I don’t get it, I throw a little pity party. But God didn’t give me the ability to write in order to boost my ego. He wants to use it for others. That’s why I pray for my readers before I write.
When I’m in church, I need to stop noticing how others are doing their tasks and just look for what I can do to serve. It’s so easy to think there’s a better way to do it or that I could do it better. If God hasn’t given me a task, then I need to shut up and do the job He’s given me. If I really think there’s a problem, I should talk to Him about it, not criticize my brothers and sisters.
And when others are critical, I need to be a peacemaker by being positive and supportive and refusing to listen to criticism. If I can plant seeds of peace, I will reap a harvest of righteousness. That’s what walking in God’s ways is – being righteous.
It all starts with knowing God’s ways. I need to continue to study the Word and obey the Holy Spirit because humility comes from wisdom.