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October 24, 1996

Walk with Caution

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Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. ECCLESIASTES 5:1
One of the evidences of wisdom is the ability to think in broad conceptual terms as well as in daily practical realities. A wise individual can traffic in the ideas of theology and philosophy, but he also can answer the constant follow-up question: How does that philosophy or theology affect the things I do today?
Wisdom affects our thinking and behavior simultaneously. In Ecclesiastes 5:1, Solomon gets very practical: “Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.”
When we enter any kind of worship context, there are some things we should do. We need to be constantly aware that we have entered a “God zone.” We have walked into a place that is about God, not about us. Solomon seems to know us well enough to understand that we spend most of our busy lives thinking about our situations, our agendas, our to-do lists, our problems, and the myriad details that surround our life. But when we go into a God zone, our responsibility is to focus our minds in a different direction.
If it is true that there is a time and a place for everything, then entering a place of worship is time to focus on God. A mind preoccupied with personal and work issues is inappropriate and out of bounds. Our job is to focus on Him. A time of worship gives us an opportunity to allow all the aspects of life to fall into place by focusing on God, not on ourselves or our situations.
Our job also is to listen. We draw near to God so that we can hear Him speak. We are prepared to hear and accept God speaking into our lives. Unless we listen, we might never know what we are doing wrong. It’s amazing what we learn about the life God wants us to live when we stop long enough to pause and hear His voice.
When was the last time you paused to draw near to God and hear His voice? Do it today!

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