Waiting Eagerly for the Word


In the country of Taiwan, Jim and I were blessed to experience the Bible come alive. For years I had been reading Proverbs each day…which means for years I had been reading Proverbs 8:34: “Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. Several days after arriving our sponsor arranged for us and our two preteen daughters to go to a local university to sit and converse with students who were learning English.

There was just one catch. These English lessons were open to anyone and everyone. Those who came did not have to be enrolled as students in the university.

At 5:30 a.m. we went into shock as we neared the gated walls of the university. Thousands of people were crammed around the school’s gates that would open at 6:00 a.m. for free English lessons. It was actually a little scary as we were escorted through the crowd and led to a special door by guards so we could set up for the lessons by six o’clock.

Truly, I was seeing a Bible verse come alive. This scene and experience was a living illustration for me. It showed what it means to value and crave wisdom. To watch daily at Wisdom’s gates and to wait at her doorposts and to listen attentively. These dear people desired to learn English so badly they put it as the first thing of the day. So they rose in the dark and journeyed to a location. They hoped to be among the limited number before the cutoff was reached. To be there before the gates closed.

This is how we should approach each day—rising early, making any and every sacrifice to read God’s Word. To listen to His wisdom, to watch and wait eagerly for every word that proceeds out of His mouth.

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  • Lisa ,

    Exactly what I needed! Thank you for this encouragement.

    • Patty Duarte ,

      Hello Dear Jim and Liz-
      Thank you for your faithfulness in devoting your efforts to reaching out to so many. Even though we do not contact you as often as we would like, just want you to know that we love you and continue to pray for you and your dear family as the Lord uses you to bless people all over the world as well as us, of course. It’s always so refreshing to read your e-mails and see what you are doing.
      Our grandson joined the army in February, and he is growing close to the Lord. He just told us that he is reading Jim’s book, “A Man After God’s Own Heart.” We’re so excited to see the Lord work in his heart. We are praying that he stays close to the Lord during this time. He is currently in Fort Campbell in Kentucky. He is also involved with the Navigators, attending a Bible study and going to church with some of the guys involved in Navigators. He is going through a lot of training and will have a break to come home Aug. 7th to the 16th.
      Just returned from our yearly three week trip up to Northern California, Oregon and Washington. As we travel, we look for your books and find them in many places. It’s been 17 years since Bob began to work for Friends of Israel. We have been so blessed over the years.
      God bless you more and more as He uses you to bring glory to His name.
      God is so good!!!
      Love in Jesus,
      Patty (Bob too)
      xoxo Ps. 34:1-3

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