Proverbs 18: King James Bible
Separate Yourself – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eighteen, Verses 1-2
1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom. 2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Separate Yourself
How can one separate himself? Sounds a bit like a personality disorder, doesn’t it? Well thankfully, that’s not what this is all about.
When we see the phrase above, it signifies that we remove ourselves from everything around us, that impacts our attention from seeking and inter meddling with all wisdom. Become removed from things that would cause for you to learn less of what you’re looking into.
Best example that we could all relate to, would be akin to studying for a test. In a typical situation, you’d need quiet, and to be removed from the bells, whistles, and shiny objects, that like to draw our attention from from what we should be concentrating on.
Here, we understand that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, right? All the wisdom of the Word of God, is from the Father himself. Because of this, I believe that the wisdom being referred to in verse one, is a direct relation to God’s Word.
The best time I’ve ever had in my life, is when I was about 17 years old. I made a decision, to completely flood myself with anything of the Lord. In an extreme fashion, I flooded all of my senses with the Word of God, and the things of God. I separated from the life that I had built up around me (as it was at that age), and set my mind on the things that are above.
I separated myself from my friends and regularly scheduled programming, to spend with the Father for a space of two weeks. Nobody understood it at the time, and I really didn’t care to be honest. But the time I had in the Lord, and the things that I learned throughout those days are too much to list here.
Since then, I’ve learned to take some time here and there, to really get deep in the Word of God, and in prayer. Sticking to a subject till I get clear understanding in the Word, and lifting up the Lord as often as possible. What a difference it makes, and I would highly suggest it.
Flood the senses with the Word by way of watching preaching on TV when you feel like watching TV. Listening to praise and worship when you’re in the car or at home an need something to listen to. Open up your Bible when you have a chance to sit down. Whatever the situation, figure out how to convert it to something special between you and the Lord.
Seek his face, study his Word without the world’s distractions. Later in life, I was able to do it with seven kids in the house, a bunch of pets, and a job. So I know it is possible despite situations. Doing this, even for a day, will cause for you to experience a measurable and tangible shot in your spiritual arm at the very least. Highly recommended, and very important.
The fool mentioned in verse two on the other hand, has no interest in any of this. It’s just nonsense to him. Remember, it’s a fool who says in his heart,”there is no God.” He’ll never do any of the above.
Well of course, unless it’s for himself. You would be willing to separate yourself from all of the things that would distract you from the Word of God. But the fool would take the day to better himself, and perhaps play cabbage patch dolls with his inner child.
Their own world revolves around their “self,” and they’ll not separate from it. As we look ahead to the Father, and the blessed hope of being with him for all of eternity, they are currently spending their reward, in one shape or another concentrating it on self.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 6: King James Bible
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Romans 8: King James Bible
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Romans 12: King James Bible
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
2 Corinthians 6: King James Bible
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
You know how difficult it is for us to separate ourselves at times. You know how busy this world tries to keep us, when we should be still, knowing you are God. Please help us Father, to spend more time inter meddling with your word, and the things that you’d rather us be doing. Stir our spirits, and give us an unction when you’ve cleared the way for us to be able to dig in, and dive deeper into your Word, and learn the deeper things of you, than we’ve ever done before. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever taken the time to separate yourself from the world, and spend some serious time with the Father?