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What Change Feels Like

Conceptual Image - Stairway to change/freedom/creativity etc.Key Bible Verse: Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person.  The past is forgotten, and everything is new. (2 Corinthians 5:17, CEV)

Dig Deeper: Proverbs 2

This reading from Proverbs 2 opens a door to every one of us.  We all want to grow in Christ.  Now God is telling us how.  Proverbs 2 is one of the most helpful passages in the Bible, because it explains what growth and sanctification and renewal feels like.  This passage explains the psychology of change.  This new mentality is the opposite of complacency.

Your most meaningful prayer is to “call out for insight” and “raise your voice for understanding” (v. 3, ESV).  The whole passage is meant to position us in that place of blessing and protection.  We need it.

A tsunami of sin is slamming us in our world today, and all of us are suffering under it.  Sometimes that suffering is our own fault, because we have been complacent and unguarded.  Other times that suffering is precisely because we have stayed true to the Lord.

However we are suffering, Christ is saying to us here in his Word, “Come to me.  Deal with me.  I am able to restore you out of your past failings and defend you for the future.  Hurl yourself at me in all your need.  I will give myself to you in all my grace.  My wisdom will enter your heart in ways you’ve never known before.”

—Ray Ortlund Jr. in Proverbs: Wisdom that Works

My Response: I will meditate on today’s passage from Proverbs 2 to understand what it looks and feels like to be changed.

Thought to Apply: God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man.—C. S. Lewis (British writer, theologian)

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