Pathways Through Proverbs
August 3, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 3
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Following Scripture Verses
- 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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Beginning in verse 13 of this chapter, Solomon spells out some of the great benefits that wisdom provides. He states in verse 13 that a man who finds wisdom is happy, and then the remaining verses explain why this is so. In today's pathway he tells us that the Lord accomplished His great creative miracles through wisdom, and keeps the earth running by His knowledge.
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I believe that Solomon is driving home an important principle here. If the Lord uses wisdom to do the great things that He does, then wisdom must be very valuable. Should not the believer then want to partake of this wisdom? If the fact that wisdom is worth more than rubies (3:15), brings long life (3:16), and provides pleasantness and peace (3:17) is not a great enough motivator, then the fact that God Himself uses it should drive us to desire it.
Man needs to know how the Lord wants him to respond in any given situation. He needs to know what actions he must take in order to accomplish all that the Lord has given him to do. Rather than try to guess, why not take advantage of the same wisdom that created the universe? James tells us that if any man lacks wisdom,
"let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him" (James 1:5).
The same wisdom that controls the oceans and the rains; the same wisdom that has created the earth as well as the heavens and keeps it all working together harmoniously is available to anyone who asks.
Are you struggling to make good decisions? Do you have the wisdom of God? It is the perfect tool, and it is available to you for the asking. What are you waiting for?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery