A proverb a day keeps the fool in you away.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in. Proverbs 3:5-12
I get excited when our reading plan gets to Proverbs. I love reading through the whole Bible, but the nuggets of wisdom in Proverbs are so relevant and applicable. A businessman friend of mine once told me he reads a chapter of proverbs every day as a part of his daily devotions, and because there’s 31 chapters you can read a chapter a day each month. Give or take a day. He said all the best business & relationship lessons taught all over the world are pretty much based on proverbs.
These verses in proverbs 3 cover so many truths. They encourage us to Trust God, to be humble, to shun evil & this will bring health! It says to Honour God with our wealth, and God will provide, we need to accept the Lord’s discipline, because the Lord disciplines those he loves. I could preach a sermon on every sentence in this passage!
This highlights a message I heard recently from Dr Henry Cloud. He says that there are 3 kinds of people in life. The Wise, the Fool & Evil people. In a nutshell, the wise will heed instruction and grow in wisdom, the fool will reject advice, and evil people will just react in every evil way when they are confronted with instruction. These verses cover this subject well. We need to be humble & ready to receive correction from God & others. This is a key to gaining wisdom. You can see the 20 minute talk from Henry Cloud here:
On a personal note when we journalled together at our church office today, half way through our time together, one of our dear sisters came in and we prayed with her after the loss of her son last week. She shared how she needed to clean out her sons unit today. A number of people in our group decided to help her clean it out today. And I really felt that it should be done straight away before we finished our journaling time together. And I read out this verse from Proverbs:
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act.
28 Do not say to your neighbor,
“Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—
when you already have it with you.
I love the way the body of Christ can practically apply God’s word and serve one another, at just the right time!
Lord, thank you for your word. Help me obey it and act on it every time! In Jesus name. Amen.