Pathways Through Proverbs
July 2, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 2
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- My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
- So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
- Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
- If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
- Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
- For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
- He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
- He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
- Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
- When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
- Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
- To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
- Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
- Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
- Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
- To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
- Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
- For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
- None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
- That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
- For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
- But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
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In the opening verses of this chapter Solomon has written down the requirements for finding wisdom and the knowledge of God. He continues on that topic in today's verse, which leads into more promises of what benefits await the wise man. There are two statements that he makes here that show what God expects of us. First he writes that wisdom is to enter into our hearts. There is a big difference between having something enter our hearts and having it enter our ears. Our churches are full of people who hear the truth, but do not take it to heart. They may even have a head knowledge of what the Bible says, but they do not allow it to change the way they live. We must allow wisdom to permeate our hearts if we expect the blessings of God.
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Secondly, he states that knowledge is to be pleasant to our souls. I believe that there are many times when people come to church and listen dutifully to the preaching, but the truth is that they really don't want to hear what is being said. They think that they are fulfilling their obligation to God, but hearing the Scriptures expounded is not pleasant to them. They find it dull, and if it is at all convicting, they find it to be meddlesome. Their hearts are never changed, and if you were to ask them on Tuesday what the messages were about on Sunday they would be hard pressed to give you an answer. But they can remember in detail every play from the previous week's ball game, because that is pleasant to them. They can sit for hours and be entertained, for that is equally pleasant. But they can't stay for the afternoon/evening church service, nor return for the mid-week prayer meeting, nor get out of bed in time for Sunday School, simply because it really isn't something that they find enjoyable.
If we are going to be all that God desires, we must find knowledge to be pleasant, and we must allow it to impact our hearts. How are you doing in these areas?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery