S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. Proverbs 27:12 NIV
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed. Proverbs 3:1–18 NIV
What is an area of your life that is uncertain? Are you trusting in the Lord or leaning on your own understanding to deal with it?
Is there an area of danger in your life that you need to “take refuge” from?
Are you honoring God by giving away the first part of your wealth as an act of worship and trust (rather than “leaning on your own understanding”)?
Are you embracing wisdom as more precious than any other worldly acquisition?
Lord, I often respond to fear with “control” to relieve the feeling of being powerless. But being “in control” has caused me to be more powerless. Teach me to trust in you with all my heart and not lean on my own faulty understanding.