Archive for October 26th, 2018

Proverbs 3:1-6

Proverbs 3:1-6 begins with Solomon reminding his son never to forget his teachings, which were in fact God’s truth from the Word.  Solomon didn’t mean it was his in the sense of his own personal decrees and wisdom, but he was referring to God’s word that he had internalized and made personal. We all need to remind our families, and each other, not to forget what God’s Word says.  It never changes.  It is absolutely true.  It will determine what happens in the world around us. “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.”

Deciding to not forget God’s word is more than a mental exercise of memory. It is also connected to a life of obedience.  We are only able to actually keep God’s commandments if we make them part of our heart.  Obedience is a matter of the heart. Our goal in obedience is not mere outward conformity to God’s will, but a heart that loves and obeys Him. There is a real benefit from this life of obedience and a heart that obeys God. In principle, life and heart obedience brings long life and peace. But as with many things in Proverbs, we should regard these as true principles, not absolute promises.

Solomon wisely told his son to keep God’s steadfast love and truth close. They should be so close that it would be as if they were a necklace around his neck at all times and written on the tablet of his heart. “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.”  We will see over and over in Proverbs the concept of having God’s truth readily available to us.  That can only happen if we have God’s Word memorized so it is constantly on our tongue or in our mind.  And through meditation, we can take that truth and make it the foundation of how we make decisions and live life.

What’s the power of having God’s Word right there to guide us? “So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.” Obedience has a great outcome, not only in God’s eyes, but also with fellow man. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Solomon advised his son to live a life of trust in God. Solomon had found that God was worthy to be trusted. If trust in God is to be true, it must be complete. To put half trust in God and half trust in self or something else is really failure to trust the LORD at all.

Trusting God with all our heart means to decide to put away our own understanding and instead to choose to trust God and His understanding, especially as declared in His word.  Trusting God with all our heart means to honor and acknowledge Him in all that we do. It is the choice to “invite” God into our everyday life and the choices we make. It is to practice the presence of God in the mundane things of life that happen every day. The outcome of trust, and following Him will be paths that are straight and aligned with His will. This is the principle of God’s response towards those who trust Him in the way described here – trust, do not lean on self, acknowledge Him – and our path will be straight!

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