Follow God, find joy

Read Proverbs 8:32-34 (

This passage highlights, that as children of God we are to listen to Him. Today this could mean listening to the instructions God sets out for us in the Bible, listening to godly men and women who teach us and to our parents who God has placed in authority over us.

This is sometimes (ok most of the time) difficult to do but this proverb tells us that when we listen to God, we find joy! More than just happiness, joy is deep and long lasting.

What a blessing for following and listening to God.



Human nature is a funny thing. We don’t like hearing the word no. We want what we want when we want it. For example, your parents/guardians don’t get you your dream phone, they tell you you’re too young to date, you can’t sleep over at a friend’s house etc. and that makes you upset.

But it is a good thing they’re doing. Boundaries are there for our protection. God has given parents/guardians as protectors in a world that is unkind and cruel. Obedience to them can be hard, but it is pleasing to God who created families for us to grow in.

Ephesians 6:1-4 (




A young married couple could only save R100 per month. They noticed a foreign Christian student didn’t have food money. It was a no brainer. The R100 now went towards the student’s food. And the Kingdom of God advances.

That wasn’t a lot of money but “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). We need to live generously and not only give when we have “enough”. We give out of love and obedience to God.

Be on the lookout for ways in which God wants you to be generous with your time, money and talents – and then give!



You’re at the Wimpy, Joburg Airport. Suddenly God asks you to pray for your waitress. You find yourself standing next to the waitress, praying for her out loud. Trusting for Spirit-led prayers. You never see her again but believe this small act of obedience advanced God’s kingdom. True story.

God describes David as “a man whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him” (Acts 13:22). First make sure you can recognize God’s voice and then do whatever He asks of you – no matter how small or silly or seemingly insignificant. Simply obey Him.