This passage ends chapter 3 and Solomon wraps up his thoughts on the value of wisdom. Having God's wisdom in our hearts allows us to sleep well and to not fear sudden terrors, such as the current virus taking the world. God's wisdom gives us such a foundation in our life for our friendships, our own sanity and spiritual wholeness.
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."
God's wisdom is so powerful! We read in this passage how it is His wisdom that created and continues to run the earth! If it's good enough to create the world, God's wisdom is all I need to rule my life.
Psalms 104:24 "O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all."
Following God and applying His wisdom in our lives makes no sense to the world, yet His Word tells us that this is the right way for us to live. In this passage we find we are not to trust in our own ways, we are to be givers, and we are to be those who cling to mercy and truth.
Psalms 35:3-5 "Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass."
Solomon continues to tell us the good benefits from having the wisdom that only comes from the Lord. It acts like an early warning system to keep us out of bad relationships and friendships among other things.
James 1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God, that gives to all men liberally and without reproach, and it will be given him."
This passage talks about the importance of listening to the Lord, as that is the source of wisdom. Solomon would know, he was the wisest man to ever live. It is pure genius for us to dedicate ourselves to studying the Word of God! True joy and contentment in life comes from this kind of knowledge.
Proverbs 3:13 "Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding."
This devotion looks at verses 20-33 where wisdom is seen as someone who is calling for us and wanting to be part of our lives. While there is a serious warning in this passage for us to not turn our back on God's wisdom, I find it encouraging that God's wisdom is not hidden from us. It is given freely to us, we just have to open our Word and soak it in!
Romans 15:4 "For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope."
2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness"
This passage is so good! In light of today's world, this message is important! The Word of God tells us to not totally focus our lives on making money. If that's the whole focus of your life, then times like we are currently in will totally depress you. Wisdom tells us to make other things our focus and we will be truly happier. Our families that God has blessed us with, great friends that are encouraging, and most importantly, a relationship with Jesus, will last longer and beat money out every day! Make the Lord the top pursuit in your life, and view money as a necessary evil and you will enjoy life as God intended!
Proverbs 15:27 "He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house"
Today, I wanted to start going through Proverbs here in a short devotion format. In these times, I want to seek the wisdom of the Lord more than ever..
Proverbs 1:33 "whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.”
It's an odd thing for me to not be in church today. For many years I have got up on Sunday morning and gone to church. I recorded a message from my home for the first time ever so that we could have some semblance of togetherness online, and offer encouragement to everyone. One week ago I didn't think things in the nation would progress to this point so quickly where churches are cancelling services, all major sports events are cancelled, travel is restricted, schools are closing, colleges are going online, businesses are closing, and the grocery stores are limiting hours. A National Day of Prayer has been called for by President Trump. (Click the link to read the full proclamation.)
My thoughts.. A week ago this would have been laughable. But here we are. The Bible tells us that when Jesus returns, it will be in much the same way... Suddenly! Matthew 24:42 "Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming." In the verses before that, the scripture says that life will be going on as normal before mass changes suddenly come forth. There will be no time to prepare and make plans. The Bible says "now is the acceptable time" to make preparation for that time. Folks who didn't prepare for this national emergency are out of toilet paper today. Folks who don't prepare for the coming of the Lord will be in far worse condition. This situation is a 'call to arms'. Let's get our lives together by making peace with God.
Romans 10:9 "if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."