Day 15 | Initiative In Brotherhood
- P.A.C.T.—Pray | Ask | Confess | Thank
- P.A.S.S.—Pray Prior | Author's Intent | Stop when Convicted | Share
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Set A Meet-Up with another brother by taking initiative.
1 Does not wisdom call?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O men, I call,
and my cry is to the children of man.
5 O simple ones, learn prudence;
O fools, learn sense.
6 Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right,
7 for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
9 They are all straight to him who understands,
and right to those who find knowledge.
10 Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
and I find knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
and perverted speech I hate.
14 I have counsel and sound wisdom;
I have insight; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign,
and rulers decree what is just;
16 by me princes rule,
and nobles, all who govern justly.
17 I love those who love me,
and those who seek me diligently find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me,
enduring wealth and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
and my yield than choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
in the paths of justice,
21 granting an inheritance to those who love me,
and filling their treasuries.
22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of old.
23 Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 before he had made the earth with its fields,
or the first of the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the children of man.
32 “And now, O sons, listen to me:
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
34 Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the Lord,
36 but he who fails to find me injures himself;
all who hate me love death.”
Goal: Initiative in Brotherhood
Hello, gentlemen, it is week three and day fifteen.
This week we are going to have a number of conversations on the topic of brotherhood. To start let me say this—brotherhood requires initiative. Most men fail to successfully develop relationships with other men. We have lots of acquaintances usually from work, school, or life in general. We might even have family members we are generally close to. But ask a Christian man if he even has one, just one Christian male relationship and you will be shocked. Most do not. I know many men who go decades without one relationship with another Christian man. And fella’s this is insanity. It’s a plan for failure. In autonomy, we leave ourselves open to all kinds of sin. You cannot do the Christian life alone. And yes, you may have a wife, and she is important. And you might even attend church on a weekly basis, this is also necessary. And you might even pray and read your Bible daily. But do life without another man in your life and you will fail. King David’s best years were the years he had Johnathan in his life—a man with who he had a connection with who sharpened him. And you need a Johnathan in your life as well. Without Johnathan, David’s life slowly deteriorated in important places.
Building brotherhood is going to require some initiative. Not by somebody else. It’s not going to be planned by your pastor, or your wife—it needs to be done by you. This week I am only giving you one goal, set a meet up with another Christian man. I would prefer if you set this up with someone that you wanted to know who is a little further down the path of life than you who has some quality that you wish you possessed—think the 5 F’s, faith, family, friendship, fitness, and finance. If you have some personal connection to them, great go after it.
So this week’s assignment is set a meet-up. Over the next few days, I am going to show you how to do this. So you don’t have to do it today unless you are ready to go. If you need a few pointers on how hang on a couple of days and I am going to give you the 411 on brotherhood.
Remember to pray and do the reading today. And if you are reading along with me hang on a couple of seconds and I will be right back with you.
All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.—Proverbs 8:8
Have you ever heard someone say something so profound you've embedded it in your memory forever? I bet the emotions you felt at this moment, and the events you experienced reinforced the power of these words. These moments have an echoing effect on our lives and have the power to shape our thoughts, attitudes, and actions for years. Yet the words of Wisdom, (personified above), have a lasting impact in the right direction. If we could learn to read them, listen to them, and heed them when these emotional events arise, we may soon discover that King Solomon was correct—there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
DO THIS: Trust God's Wisdom before human opinion regardless of how emotional the moment might be.
PRAY THIS: God, help me to listen more carefully for your Wisdom today.
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