Archive for November 1st, 2018

Proverbs 3:21-26

In Proverbs 3:21-26 Solomon continues speaking directly to his son.  “My son, do not lose sight of these – keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck”.  Solomon told his son the importance of constant attention to God’s wisdom and discretion. This requires not only a life-long pursuit with diligence, but also an appropriately surrendered heart that recognizes that God’s wisdom and discretion are greater than our own.  If we stop and think about it at all, that should be pretty obvious.  But sometimes we are going so fast and are so self focused we miss the realty that we’d be a whole lot better off if we let go and let God!

Walking in God’s wisdom is more than a good idea.  “Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble”. Did you catch that.  When we walk in God’s ways we have sure footing.  In principle, God guides those who honor His wisdom into paths of safety. There is nothing safer than living in the wisdom and will of God. No book, no seminar, no class, no degree, no mentoring, no anything can compare to the assurance of God’s safety when we walk with Him.  And as a bonus, when we are walking closely with God, the enemy can’t get near us because darkness can never be in the light.  It’s as safe as it gets – to walk in obedience to God.

Walking in God’s wisdom will also address fear.  “If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet”. The wise life can let go of fear (you will not be afraid) and in the release of anxiety know the blessing of sleep. Confident in God, we need not be afraid of any attack or afront from the enemy.  Sleep is a true gift, and anxiety is often a reason that many don’t experience it well.  God’s wisdom in the antidote for that challenge. Solomon goes on to give us even more reasons why God’s wisdom is good for us. In a word, we can be confident and protected.

This is what he wrote: “Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught”.  When we walk in God’s wisdom and live obediently to His will, we are as safe and secure as we can be.  We’re promised these outcomes:

  • No fear
  • Sweet sleep
  • Confidence
  • Foot won’t be caught

God’s wisdom has so many benefits.  Why wouldn’t we live it?  Because it likely doesn’t align with our thinking.  We want to be in control and to things our way.  We struggle to accept that it truly will be the best outcome.  We overthink it.  We merely need to seek it, find it and live it.  Blessings will flow when we get wisdom in control!

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