“I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw.” Proverbs 25:32
I read this verse in Proverbs and it just stuck in my spirit and the phrase “application leads to revelation” dropped heavy in my heart. In the above context, “applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson,” was referring to seeing others’ mistakes and learning from them. While this IS important and can help us avoid the same pitfalls as we seek wisdom in the calling God has on our own lives, the phrase God gave me seemed to mean a little something different to me.
As I pondered it and looked up the meanings of application and revelation, I just couldn’t shake it. When we begin to apply something in our lives we begin to have a truth confirmed in a deeper, more intimate way. For example, we know that we should spend quality time in the Word fellowshipping with our Heavenly Father, but when we apply this practice we begin to feel and experience the truth of this knowledge at a new level. We know we should pray about everything but when we apply this practice, again we see at a deeper level and experience a closeness that has been lacking. We know we should praise God in ALL seasons and situations but when we actually apply this, we can’t be shaken! The truth falls deep within our hearts and there is a revelation that takes place. When you have revelation, the knowledge and wisdom that is obtained is not fleeting…it sticks and God brings it back to memory when you need it.
When we actually begin to apply the standards that Jesus Christ laid before us, following Him becomes easy. Now before you close the computer and let out a big sigh…let me explain. It doesn’t mean everything you encounter will be easy but what I mean is that you will have a confidence, because of the wisdom you have obtained, that God will grace you to walk through whatever He allows you to experience…there will be an ease about the things you do. Just APPLY what He says and you’ll KNOW that, although you’re not perfect, you are in step and moving in the right direction.
James 1:22 warns us, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” But it goes on to say in verse 25, “But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” I don’t know about you but I want to be blessed in all that I do. Remember, application leads to revelation and when you have revelation you have wisdom. Wisdom is more valuable than silver or gold…a weapon that satan, on his best day, can’t destroy!
Keep at it, press in and watch God uphold, strengthen, encourage and position you to move into the destiny for which He created you!!