My child, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and you will find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless. He guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Then you will understand what is right and just and fair- every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you and understanding will guard you. Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who leave straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perseverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.
It will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive ways who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God. For her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
Thank you, God for helping us memorize your words! Here is the next verse:
None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we go down the path of sin. We get confused. We lose sight of what is most important. We get lost……
The joy we’re looking for will not be found on the path of sin.
The peace we’re looking for will not be experienced on the path of sin.
The purpose and fulfillment we desire will not happen on the path of sin.
The love and forgiveness and wholeness that only comes from God will not be a part of our lives when turn away from him and we choose to go down the paths of sin.
Thank you, Abba Father, for lighting our paths with your word of truth so we don’t have to wander.
Audio file of me saying Proverbs 2 from memory: