Pathways Through Proverbs
October 4, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 4
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- Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
- For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
- For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
- He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
- Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
- Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
- Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
- Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
- She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
- Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
- I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
- When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
- Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
- Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
- Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
- For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
- For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
- But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
- The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
- My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
- Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
- For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
- Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
- Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
- Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
- Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
- Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
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I see an interesting principle in this proverb. Solomon writes that when a man exalts wisdom he will in turn be exalted by wisdom, and when he honors wisdom by embracing it wisdom will ultimately do the same for him.
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God responds to us based upon how we respond to Him. What we do to Him He will do to us. There are numerous Bible passages that teach this. In James 4:8 we read,
"Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you."
In I Samuel 15:23 Samuel told Saul,
"Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king."
In both of these Scriptures we see that the Lord deals with people exactly as they deal with Him. Perhaps the greatest illustration of this is found in Matthew 10:33:
"But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."
Isaiah's vision of the Lord teaches this principle as well. When he saw the Lord and then saw his own sinfulness he said,
"Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips," (Isaiah 6:5).
Notice how the Lord responded to Him:
"Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: and he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged (Isaiah 6:6-7).
Isaiah spoke to God specifically about his lips, and God dealt specifically with his lips.
The so-called "Golden Rule" states
"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them," (Matt. 7:12).
Apparently this applies not only in human relationships, but in our relationship with God as well. The way I treat the Lord is the way that He will treat me.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery