In yesterday’s sermon we continued our series entitled, “God’s People on the Move.” This week’s journey was slightly different from the others. This week there was no specific geographic destination to our travels. We weren’t wandering in the wilderness nor were we crossing the Jordan River with Joshua and the people of Israel.
This week we were on the road to wisdom, and in the sermon I made the point that wisdom is not a destination… it’s a journey. We have not yet arrived! We’re still learning… still growing… still discovering what God has to teach us.
I offered two challenges in that sermon and I am counting on you taking me up on both! In case you missed it, here is an excerpt from yesterday…
I want to travel the road that leads to life. But I have learned that traveling that road is a journey. It’s a road. It’s not a destination. I have not arrived.
I feel much like Paul when he said, “Now I see in a mirror dimly.” One day, I’ll see God’s truth and wisdom with full clarity. But until that day, I will live with humility as I continue on this journey to discover wisdom and truth.
I want to invite you on that journey with me. It’s going to mean that we commit ourselves to some serious study of the Scriptures. It’s going to mean that we do our best to listen carefully to the full witness of God’s truth. It’s going to mean that we engage in study with others so that we might hear the truth of God through the people around us.
But it is a journey which leads to life and to hope and joy.
So here’s what I want you to do. If you are not already engaged in a Sunday School class or a Bible study, I want to challenge you to find one by Labor Day for you to join. You have two months to find a group. We’ll help you with that. We have study groups meeting almost every day of the week, and if we don’t have one that fits your schedule, we’ll help you find one. You can check out our website, or email any one of our staff members and say, I want to find a study to help me discover God’s wisdom for my life. We’ll help you find a group.
In the meantime I have a second challenge from the book of Proverbs. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs, so here’s what I want us to do. I want us to commit ourselves to reading one chapter each day, for the rest of the year if we can keep it up. Here’s the deal. You read the chapter that corresponds to the day of the month. So today, sometime during the day, you read chapter 29. Tomorrow you read chapter 30. On Tuesday, July 1, we start back with chapter one.
Here’s what will happen. Each time you read a chapter, a different verse will jump out at you. Each month God will have a different truth for you to encounter.
I’m committing myself to begin reading a chapter of Proverbs a day. I hope you’ll join me in that commitment.
So what about it? Have you read Proverbs 30 today? I’m counting on it!
Dr. Lane Alderman
Roswell Presbyterian Church