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READING: Proverbs 3-4 – Trust God and Sound Parental Advice


Yesterday’s devotion ended with James telling us to ask God for wisdom. When Solomon became king, he did just that, perhaps because of parental advice: “When I was a son with my father, tender, and my mother’s favorite, he said to me, ‘Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget. Do not forsake her; love her, and she will guard you.’” (4:1-9) 

It is interesting, that Solomon wrote about trusting and honoring God before he told us of David’s advice to him when he was still tender and Bathsheba’s favorite. He wrote, “Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; write them on the tablet of your heart. So, you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and of people. (3:3-4)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes.” (3:5-7) 

He continued, “Honor the LORD with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.” (3:9-10) 

Solomon also said not to despise discipline the LORD gives, for “He reproves the one He loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.” (3:11-12; see Hebrews 12:5-6). Yes, discipline is hard to accept, but it is for our good that the LORD disciplines us so we will learn to discipline ourselves. The saddest thing is to see a person living an undisciplined life. 

True wisdom is from God, and “Happy are those who find wisdom and understanding, for their income is better than silver and gold. Her ways are paths of peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her. Those who hold her fast are called happy.” (3:13-18) 

After all, God is the source of all wisdom. “The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding, He established the heavens. (3:19-20) He established all the things we need to live. 

His wisdom also tells us how to live. “My child, keep wisdom and prudence; they will be life for your soul. You will walk securely; if you sit, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” (3:21-24) 

Solomon warns, “Do not enter the path of the wicked. Avoid it; do not go on it. For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong. The way of the wicked is like deep darkness: they do not know what they stumble over.” (4:14-19) 

There is a strong ethical content in the wisdom that is from above. “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Let your gaze be straight before you; keep straight the path of your feet. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” (4:23-27)  

Jesus taught this concept of the heart. (Mark 7:18-23) 

Where is your heart focused? 

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PRAY FOR YOURSELF 

Father, I pray that I may always trust You to guide me in paths of righteousness; this is my prayer, in the name of Jesus, Your Son, and my precious Savior, AMEN!   

MY PRAYER FOR YOU (and for myself)  

Holy Father, my prayer for all who read this and for myself, is that we will each seek Your wisdom instead of the so-called ‘wisdom’ from below. For myself, and for all who read this, in the precious name of Jesus, I pray, AMEN! 

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