November 8

Proverbs 8:34-36 (NIV) 34Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. 35For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. 36But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death."

Jesus is wisdom. To find Him is to find life. To hate Him is to love death. The one who listens to Him is blessed. What could be wiser than to listen to your Creator? He is the One who knows your every need and every choice you should make for your eternal good.

This is a passage that points directly to communion with Christ. Every day we have a choice. We can run into our day as if we knew what we are doing, or we can seek wisdom. To seek wisdom is to wait upon the LORD, to watch at His door, waiting there. It takes time to still our soul, and He does not come out to speak with us until we do.

You could think of the cover of your Bible as the doorway. Open up the door and let wisdom speak to you. The Word of God made flesh longs to speak wisdom into your spirit. Will you watch and wait until He appears? How much does it mean to you to receive His instruction? It may be only a few words, but those words will shape your day and direct your steps. Those words bring the favor of the LORD, for you have met with Life Himself.

The alternative is to avoid life, avoid wisdom, and walk without the favor of God upon us. None of us would intentionally choose that, but we do make that choice when we refuse to wait upon God. It is more than worth the time to wait until you are still enough to hear His voice. Don't be satisfied with just leaving a message for Him. Refuse to leave without a meeting in which you hear His words of life.

Consider: Wait on the LORD today. Watch at His door daily.

November 8

Hebrews 1:1-3 (NIV) 1In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Hebrews is an incredible letter, but we don't know who the author was. It tells us of Jesus' superiority over angels, prophets, and Moses. It declares that His sacrifice was the fulfillment of the all sacrifices and that He is now our Great High Priest. It gives us a number of important warnings. It encourages us in the importance of faith.

Hebrews begins by telling us that God no longer speaks to us as He once did. In the past, He used prophets that prophesied in many different manners. Some told parables, some acted out their prophesies, and some wrote poetry. The author of Hebrews declared that now God is speaking to us in Jesus. His life and words are the final and full message of God to man. If you need to hear from God, look to the life and words of Jesus. The Holy Spirit's ministry is to remind us what He has said. (John 14:26)

Jesus is the heir of everything. He is the instrument of creation. He is the outshining of God's glory. He is the exact representation of God's being. Everything is sustained by his powerful word. What an incredible and glorious description of the Son!

This powerful declaration goes on to say that Jesus provided purification for sins. This letter will explain why His blood was necessary for our purification. Now, He is sitting in the place of power, at the helm of the universe, at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. Hebrews declares Jesus to be our wonderful Savior, but it also declares His awesome superiority over all His creation. It encourages us to go to Him to access God, but to do so with reverent respect.

Consider: Are you looking to the life and words of Jesus to hear from God?