“My child, do not forget my teachings but keep my commands in your heart for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you, bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the site of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruit of all your crops. Then your barns will be filled to overflowing and your vats will brim over with new wine. My child, do not despise the Lords discipline and do no resent his rebuke because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father, the daughter he delights in.
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, who gains understanding. For she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies, nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand, in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways and all of her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her – those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
Awesome! Here are the next 3 verses – they go well together:
“By wisdom, the Lord laid the earth’s foundations. By understanding, he set the heavens in place. And by his knowledge, the deeps are divided and the clouds drop their dew. ”
The words wisdom, understanding and knowledge are repeated over and over in Proverbs. They are the basic foundation of knowing and living the truth – and it all comes from God.
These verses tell us how God used these basics to create the world we live in. I was stuck on these sentences for a couple of weeks because, every time I got to this part, the sun was coming up as I drove into work.
And I would get lost in thinking about the majesty of God.
The omnipotence of God.
The glory of God.
The faithfulness of God …..as the sun rises again today and everyday.
I love the poetic picture of the clouds dropping their dew.
Thank you, awesome Father, for your creation! I praise you for your faithfulness!