Pathways Through Proverbs
February 3, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 3
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- My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
- For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
- Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
- So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
- Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
- In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
- Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
- It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
- Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
- So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
- My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
- For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
- Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
- For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
- She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
- Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
- Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
- She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
- The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
- By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
- My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
- So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
- Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
- When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
- Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
- For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
- Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
- Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
- Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
- Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
- Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
- For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
- The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
- Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
- The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
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Today's verse puts a strong emphasis on two Biblical concepts: mercy and truth. Solomon instructs his son not to allow these things to forsake him. It is interesting that he should put it this way, for the Lord will never leave nor forsake His children (Heb. 13:5). However, I believe that the child of God who ignores the truth and mercy of God can find that the perceived reality of those items, as well as the peace and joy that they bring, can be forfeited. Therefore, the believer lives and thinks in such a way that it seems like God's truth has abandoned him.
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We dare not lose sight of the truth and mercy of God. We need to constantly be aware of His truth which is found in the Word of God. We must remember that He is a merciful God, and that it is only because He lovingly does not give us what we deserve that we have salvation, or anything at all. The fact that He has shown us mercy and has given us truth should be life changing for us. We should love Him all the more and study His Scriptures every day. Solomon writes that we need to keep the mercy and truth of God both in front of our eyes and embedded in our hearts at all times. Thus, it needs to be something that we are constantly thinking about and observing.
How much time did you spend thinking about the Word of God and His great mercy today? As you go through life observing the world around you, do you see it through eyes that are consumed with the truth and mercy of the Lord? According to verse 4, these are the keys to
"find(ing) favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man" (4).
Pastor Mark J Montgomery