Proverbs 3: 1 -2(HCSB) My son, don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands; for they will bring you many days, a full life, and well-being.
Proverbs 2:1, 5 (HCSB) My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, listening closely to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding…then you will understand the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God.
This morning as I read Proverbs 3, I couldn’t help but go back to yesterday’s reading in Proverbs 2. Both Proverbs 2 and 3 begin with a charge to hide God’s word in our hearts. If we do that, God promises many days, a full life, well-being (3:1) and the understanding and knowledge of God (2:1)….in other words we are promised the gift of WISDOM.
What is wisdom anyway and why is it so important to have?
As a follower of Christ, wisdom…Godly wisdom… is essential. There are so many “view-points” in our culture today that are trying to twist what the Word of God actually says. When we are in daily communion (fellowship, association) with God and His word, we begin to know what the truth actually is. Hiding God’s word in our heart is the first step to receiving the gift of wisdom. Once received, the “noise” and “chatter” of other voices trying to skew our “Biblical world-view” will be…worthless.
Take a look at Noah in Genesis 6 – 9. In these three chapters of Genesis, God’s wrath towards sin unfolds through a flood that wiped out the entire earth and all of its inhabitants. At the same time, these chapters show God’s great mercy for people who truly seek Him. God saw that “Noah was a good man, the most innocent man of his time, and he walked with God.” (6:8 – NCV) “Noah did everything that God commanded him.” (6:22 & 7:5 – NCV) Noah and his family were spared devastation because of their obedience and faithfulness to God.
Noah didn’t listen to all the “worthless chatter” going on around him. He was obedient to God. Because Noah didn’t forget God’s teaching, he and his family enjoyed many days, a full life, well-being (Proverbs 3:1).
Father I thank for Your Word. I thank you that didn’t leave me (us) alone to figure things out on my (our) own. Thank you for giving me (us) Your Word to tuck away in my (our) heart and the Holy Spirit to be my (our) counselor and guide. Continue to work in me (us) through Your Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit. AMEN!
Verses to tuck away:
Psalm 40:8, Psalm 119:11, Jeremiah 15:16, Colossians 3:16