We are memorizing Proverbs 3 together and we are getting to the end! Only God could do this!
“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 firstfruit 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. 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.
Have no fear of sudden disaster or the ruin that overtakes the wicked. For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your feet from being snared.
Thank you, God, for helping us memorize Proverbs 3! Now we are going into a section of ‘Do Nots” Here are the next 2 verses –
“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back later, I will have it tomorrow’ when you now have it with you.”
I always like it when God gets really practical and talks specifically about different things we do without thinking that are not good. He wants us to take our blinders off. That’s how I see this next ‘do not’ section.
God is saying – “Open your eyes. Do you ever do this? You should stop doing it. It’s not right.”
Withholding good. Not complimenting someone on something. Not saying ‘thank you’. Not recognizing something special about someone. Not noticing when someone does something for you or for someone else. Forgetting to tell people you love them.
Telling people to come back later. When we could help them now. We could take care of their request now. We could do something nice for them now.
God is challenging us to be a blessing to others. Everytime we get the chance.
Please help us, Abba Father.