Grow | Devotion #5: Walk this Way
John Hubbard | Worship Leader
When I hear the word “grow,” my first thought is always to a plant, a vegetable, or even something like a tree. Our faith starts as a small seed and grows deeper into the soil and sprouts up from the ground, and it begins to bear fruit once it is mature. I have been intrigued by another example of growth in Scripture, walking. God walked with Adam and Eve, Enoch walked with God, and Noah walked with God. Proverbs chapter 9 refers to Wisdom as walking in the way of insight.
“Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight. Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight” (Proverbs 9:6-10).
This verse reassures us that having wisdom is not what makes you wise; a wise man is one who loves reproof and instruction. Our mentors, pastors, and, as much as you do not want to believe it, spouses are going to give you reproof and especially instruction. How are you going to receive that critique, with hostility or humility? God will use many things to refine us, do not push away from those people in your life who are constantly in the Word. A lot of the time we feel like we are learning more of the Word to be better at arguing against our opponents, or to prove to our fellow church people how much higher our path is and how much narrower our gate is. That is just not the case; argue with a scoffer or a wicked man and no good will come of it.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.’”
We are learning more of the Word to continue to die to self and to walk with God daily. Each day we decide, “Am I going to live for me today or am I going to live for God?” Growth comes when we choose to walk with God, and when we are not afraid to get involved with a community of believers that are striving to do the same.