If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.
When do you expect to experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and his illumination of his word? I think we often feel we must get our house/desk orderly first, clear out some time, take a deep breath, brew some coffee, and then when we open our Bible we’ll hear the voice of God. But Proverbs 1:23 reminds me that some of the most powerful and memorable times I’ve had with God are when I am fleeing from temptation for refuge in His word. You are tempted to go down the path of the wicked. You hear wisdom’s reproof. Now, RIGHT NOW! is the time to open the Bible or recite the memory verse. It’s when you heed the reproof that the Spirit is poured out and the Word illumined. Temptations, then, are great opportunities. Sibbes wrote in The Bruised Reed, “What is won as a spoil from our corruptions will have as great a degree of comfort afterwards as it has of obstruction for the present.” There’s a great reward for fleeing from temptation to the refuge of his Word. Go get it.
“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.” Why is the deer panting? Because he’s being hunted, he’s being chased.