I’ve been a bit quiet on here of late, because I’ve been writing a daily blog (in tandem with my curate) on Proverbs.
The plan is to write the blog through the year, going through Proverbs (which conveniently has 31 chapters) 12 times through the year.
We’re halfway through February and I’m both loving it and feeling stretched by it already, its going to be a marathon to keep mining this book for fresh and readable messages through the year.
Alongside this I’m continuing to try and read through the Bible each year and today I read the first few chapters of 2 Chronicles, where Solomon starts building the temple. One phrase struck me. ‘Solomon broke ground’.
So much of what we do as leaders of God’s people is laying foundations. We preach, we serve, we pray, we listen and care, we pray some more, we teach God’s Word. So much of this is to shift the culture of our churches and help individuals build their lives on solid foundations.
I love this phrase ‘break ground’. To lay foundations, we have to break up what’s already in place. That means breaking through the hard, down-trodden ground, uprooting the weeds and plants which would ultimately destabilise what we’re building. Its also essential to ‘break ground’ to enable one another to open our hearts. We can’t build the kingdom where there is buried pain, bitterness or anger.
Daily reflecting on Proverbs is helping me to break ground in my life in so many ways. Observing the way folly leads to ruin, helps us reflect on our actions in an unjudgemental but challenging way. And wisdom always points back to a relationship with God built on submission and trust, secure in His fatherly love.