MAY 7 - Proverbs 7 and Matthew 24:42-47

MAY 7 - Proverbs 7:2-3 and Matthew 24:42-47
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Keep my commandments and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart."
Proverbs 7:2-3
"Watch therefore, for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched and not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore, be ye also ready; for in such an hour ye think not the Son of Man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods."
Matthew 24:42-47
Illustration with 7: A hangman ... a reminder of the thief and the crippling effects of forgetfulness in those who are caught unaware. Master God's word ... do what you have to do to keep the remembrance of God with you and the wisdom of God in you.
*Many of you found the strategy on May 6th to be useful so the illustrations will continue to be contributed to each day's study.
God realizes that we have an enormous propensity to forget what He has spoken to us and done for us ... so He speaks candidly and repeatedly to the arena of "remembrance". Consistently throughout Old and New Testament He urges His people to make use of simple daily resources to remember profound eternal promises and rehearse them diligently and earnestly.
He utilized rock tablets to write His word, stones to recount truths and miracles, alters to carry sacrificial  offerings, blood to cover doorposts, communion to rehearse redemption, and His word forever always.
The parable, today, of the thief is a reminder of the vulnerability and fragility that lies within human nature to neglect the weightier matters of eternity and respond urgently to the lesser matters on earth. In doing so, our priorities get rearranged and we live forgetful and sinful lives. Like a thief that enters unaware, we are caught off guard, and precious possessions are robbed and taken. We are urged to wake up, sit up, and employ ourselves in diligent ways that keep us alert and on task with Christ's purposes.
The Proverb pulls us back:
Utilize original methods of remembrance in your every day life that mean something to you in order to keep you on task for eternal purposes.
If you're an artist utilize your brush,
If you're a writer utilize your pen,
If you're a woodsman utilize your knife,
If you're a techie utilize your phone.
Be creative and please feel free to be a little bit different!
Whatever gift, talents, or abilities you possess ... use them first and foremost for the benefit of your own personal walk with Christ and ask Him to help you with original meaningful attempts to keep Him near you throughout your day.
With the list of prayer requests that we present Him with so frequently ... He might find this one really refreshing.
Employ my heart and mind with a fresh hunger and fervor for You, Lord. Show me, through some personal gift, ability, or enjoyment how to utilize it for my personal growth and  employ it as an aid in deepening my dependance upon You and remembrance of You. Show me what "stones" serve best in my personal life to keep me near You and clinging to You. Cause me to employ a daily strategic discipline in order to keep me constantly aware of eternal matters.
1) List three of your gifts, abilities, or enjoyments. Consider how they might aid you in producing new spiritual growth. Pull in a creative person and ask for suggestions as to how they might be utilized for spiritual purposes.
2) What or who causes you to keep God on the forefront of your mind?
3) Consider another individual's abilities for a moment ... and take time to reinforce their walk with God by using it to speak to them.
Example: Your neighbor is a greenthumb. Purchase a plant or a pair of garden gloves with an appropriate scripture attached to it and let God speak to them.