By Steve Horn
If you live in my part of the world (South Louisiana) you likely have seen a headline in recent days that indicated, “All Eyes on Gulf” or something similar.
We are waiting to see how much rain we get with a Tropical System. After a similar system last August which flooded us to point that some still have not been able to return to their homes, we tend to get a little jittery with such headlines.
Maybe the headline is not “All Eyes on Gulf.” It might be “All Eyes on Trump” or “Russia” or “North Korea.” The truth is we wait for the next news.
Some wait for the next episode of their favorite show. Some watch their online bank account for the next automatic payroll “drop.”
We live in a day when we “watch” Facebook or Twitter for our “friend’s” (or “enemy’s”) next post. The point is we live “to watch.”
The writer of Proverbs gave us a wise word about watching. As wisdom is personified, the writer of Proverbs said,
“Anyone who listens to me is happy, watching at my doors every day, waiting by the posts of my doorway.” (Proverbs 8:34)
I heard the weatherman say that the next advisory on the storm comes at 10 a.m. I need to make a decision about something so I am waiting for that advisory.
As I wait, I find myself convicted that my anticipation for the wise counsel from the Lord is not met with the same expectation.
May today and every day find you and me “waiting by the post” to hear the instruction and wisdom of the Lord.
What is your plan for reading the Word of God? What is your time of reading the Word of God? How eager are you for that next encounter with the wisdom of God through His Word?
This editorial first appeared on Steve Horn’s blog June 20, 2017. Horn is pastor of First Baptist Church in Lafayette and a former Louisiana Baptist Convention president.