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.



Let’s get practical.

In Ecclesiastes 11:1 (, Solomon writes, ‘Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you.’ This is a verse about wise investment. It’s about saving your money or other resources – doing the right thing now and reaping the rewards later.

Have you thought to ask God for wisdom for the practical, seemingly non-spiritual parts of your life? God created all the bits of human life on this planet, and it’s good to pray for wisdom around your studies, free time, sport, music, friendships, social media accounts and apps. Do the wise thing now. In time, profits will flow back to you.



Listen Up.

I used to think being wise meant having all the answers to everyone’s questions. Not true. I’ll never have all the answers; neither will you. James writes, ‘You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak’ (James 1:19 – There’s way more wisdom in that.

Sometimes when someone talks to me about a problem, I make it about me by relating their story to something I’ve experienced, as if I understand exactly how they feel and can solve all the things! Today, if someone comes to us with issues, maybe it’s wiser for us to just allow them to feel what they feel, and love them by listening.

Proverbs 18:13 (



The gentle way

Even if you’re the most chilled-out, peace-loving person, it’s impossible to go through life without sometimes clashing with others. So how do we at least handle conflict wisely, and in a way that glorifies God?

If someone disses you for your outfit, your opinion, or anything else, deflate the tension by thanking them. Say (sincerely, not sarcastically), ‘Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. I’ll definitely think about what you’ve said.’ That’ll take the fight right out of them. Solomon writes, ‘A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.’ (Proverbs 15:1 –