By Steve Horn
If you live in my part of the world (Louisiana) you likely have seen a headline in recent days that indicated, “All Eyes on Gulf” or “Watching the Tropics” or something similar. We are waiting to see how much rain we get with a Tropical System. After a similar system in August 2016 which flooded us to the point that some never returned, 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” or “Iran.” 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 8:35)
I have learned through the years living in Louisiana that updates from the National Hurricane Office comes every four hours so we wait for the next update.
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?
Steve Horn is executive director for Louisiana Baptists. This editorial first appeared on the Louisiana Baptists’ website.