Hebrews 4:12 tells us God’s Word is alive and active, penetrating deep to our soul. It has the capacity to speak to our very depths in an intimate and miraculously personal way, becoming a two-way conversation between the Holy Spirit and us. In the following devotion, multi-published author, Jude Urbanski, encourages us to attune our ears to God’s wisdom, to God’s heart, as we seek to learn and grow from His Word.
As a fun treat, Jude is giving away one of her books (winner’s choice) to a reader randomly selected from the blog comments.
The Babbling Brook of Wisdom by Jude Urbanski
Today’s focal verse: Proverbs 18:4
The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a
“Discernment versus foolishness”
The whole chapter of Proverbs 18 is one of contrasts. A chapter depicting wise versus contrasting, foolish actions. Yea, even a chapter pitting our purpose to choose our own follies against desiring a wise and discerning heart.
I related verse four, in which it speaks of the words of a man’s heart being deep waters and the fountain of wisdom being a babbling brook, to the words of my pen. Left to our own devices, our words may plunge to the deep and profound, which isn’t always bad, unless we drift to the obscure. When our writing muse (Spirit?) is at work, or words feel like the free flowing fountain of a babbling brook.
There are times I feel God’s word to be deep and obscure and I don’t understand. There are times God’s answer to my prayers is silence and I wonder if He even heard. This is when I work, as verse 15 says, to persuade my heart to listen, to be discerning and to have wise ears seeking to acquire God’s knowledge.
I often wonder why God works this way, but the chapter ends by telling me there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). I’ve always equated God as this friend, which brings great comfort.
Proverbs 18 leaves a lot to ponder. Some of it is hard to understand. Some of it becomes special memory verses, but all of it admonishes me to let the words of my page be joyful explosions for God.
Jude Urbanski loves to be a wordsmith woman and to weave stories where strong characters, with God’s help, spin tragedy into triumph. While writing has been a passion all her life (and also for many others in her family), she is delighted to have been able to write seriously for the past seven years. She wears many hats in her family, church and community and is wife, mother and grandmother. She is published in both fiction and nonfiction by Desert Breeze and LangMarc Publishers.
Kate Davidson purrs along in her remodeled life, but inwardly wages war with God, whom she thinks snuffed out her husband’s life on that mountain curve. Not acceptable. Clayton may as well have died in the jungles of Vietnam as in a car accident on Wolf’s River Bridge.
Let’s talk about this. This past fall, I went through a difficult time and felt the lowest I have felt in quite some time, if ever. But looking back, that was also a precious time as each morning when I curled into the corner of the couch with my Bible, God met me. He told me He loved me. He promised to care for me. He asked me to trust Him. And each morning built on the previous, as if He was revealing yet another layer of His loving character, as if He was peeling back yet another layer of my fear and covering it in His soothing love. Honestly, I can’t quite explain how incredibly beautiful that period was, how real God felt to me, and how deeply I felt His love.
I suspect we all have God moments to share–times when, when we needed it most, God showed up and spoke words of love to our very core. Regardless of how He answered our prayer. And in that moment, encountering God in our very being, we suddenly know, the peripheral no longer matters, because we have God Himself, and that is enough.
We’d love to hear from you. I know some of you are going through some very difficult times. You’re pouring your heart out to God, asking for aid, for a miracle. For comfort. In your deepest sorrow, how is God making Himself real to you?
And for those of you on the hilltop or perhaps strolling through the meadow, I know you’ve had trials and sorrow. Can you think back to a time when God met you during a time of difficulty? Let us gain comfort from your experience.
It’s important for us to share our God stories. When we do so, not only are we reminded of God’s faithfulness, but we invite others to rejoice with us as well–not in our circumstances which are often mired by a sinful world, but in the unchanging, never-failing, always loving nature of God.
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This was beautiful. I can relate to curling up on the couch with the Bible early in the morning, meeting with God and feeling His Spirit wash through me. I am in a most difficult, uncertain time of my life, but Oh how I know He loves me tenderly and is working through me. My oldest daughter, who turned from the church has now entered back in and is reading her Bible. She is pouring her heart over pages for healing for her mom. Excuse me while I wipe my tears…I’m back. We don’t know why we struggle but we do know that the “shepherd” is leading us…Just take His hand. Thanks for a very tender devotion. Beth
Wow, Beth, that is so beautiful! I love how God can use our greatest struggles to draw us to Himself and each other. Please know, you are on my mind and heart and in my prayers daily.
I feel it; thank you for praying me through this; by my side. God is so good!
Beth and Jen,, I can related so much to what each of you have said, but let us ask ourselves “Where is God on this journey with us?” Of course, as believers, we know He is on the journey with us-always. My non-fiction book, I Can’t Remember Me, is the story of our daughter’s traumatic brain injury and some of our darkest hours, but the ending is covered in flood lights of miracles. I will hold both of you up.Blessings on the day!,
I am writing about a similar topic (won’t go into that here, no need), but it’s so true. Passing on the comfort we receive during our suffering is one of the most important reasons for suffering. I have walked that road, the deepest being the loss of my daughter to suicide five years, and among the more recent includes a move to a nursing home. The deepest valleys have been the times of the greatest sense of God’s presence
Darlene, that is so beautiful, and I’ve found that to be the case as well. I love your comment about passing on the comfort we receive. I think suffering can also be a reminder that this world is not our home but that God has something better awaiting us in heaven. 🙂
Wise words. God allows us knowledge when we are ready to accept it. Thank you for showing this so eloquently.
Jennifer, thanks for hosting Jude.
Without fail, whenever I walk through the muddles of life, God–or what I’ve come to understand through my adult Sunday school lessons–the Holy Spirit–whispers to me, either in picking up & reading random scripture or a great blog piece like this one: God is loving, merciful, and always, always here for us. I’m walking through a little desert right now, but I am thankful God is with me, guiding me.
Amen! Reading about God’s promises is one thing. Falling smack dab onto them and finding they do indeed hold up is another–it penetrates to our core! Blessings, my friend!
Darlene, my heart is with you. I remember about your daughter. Dear, I knew health was giving you challenges and it is inspiring to know you’re keeping on like you are.
JMo, Jennifer has put it quite well hasn’t she? And I like your thought that God knows what we need when.
Elaine, I wrote an article once about how the desert could birth new life. We just need to know where to look for this life and I believe you know how. God bless.
Darlene, that was so incredibly heart felt. I want to thank you for sharing something so personal and deep. In my most recent suffering with my illness, I can’t extend enough thanks on how much the prayers of friends and family brought me through this time. My own suffering with childhood bullying, my own depression and health issues and other stuff that like you, I will not get into, has given me a bigger heart for those who suffer. God does not waste our suffering. He always uses them for good! Great conversations. Jude, I also believe that you are so right; the desert does birth new life; we just have to keep our eyes open and ears open to the Holy Spirit prompting us. Beth