We are memorizing Proverbs 3 together. There is so much wisdom in this chapter and it’s empowering to get this all in our heart and mind. God speaks often and clearly through these words –
“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.
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.
My child, preserve sound judgement and discernment, do not let them out of your sight. For they will be life to you, an ornament to grace your neck.”
Awesome! Here are the next verses, finishing this thought –
“Then you will go on your way in safety and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid. When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
Being safe as I go along my way – that is a huge promise to me. I’m on the freeway for a 60-mile round trip every day to work and sometimes it feels like a war zone with cars piled up on both sides as people crash into each other.
And I really want to avoid stumbling. Stumbling of any kind can often be painful, embarrassing and time-consuming.
I also want to avoid those fears in the middle of the night. Fears about everything…anything….and nothing.
Sweet sleep – this promise is an awesome one! How great it feels to sleep well all night!
God is telling us that the sound judgement and discernment that he gives us will bring all of these good things into our lives. When we seek him first and obey, we are on the straight path which brings all of these great things our way.
That’s what wisdom and knowledge and understanding can do for us.
Thank you, Abba Father!