Yesterday we discovered the entire purpose behind the book of Proverbs is to encourage us to seek wisdom and understanding from the Lord so that our lives would be in alignment with Scriptures. The same point is reiterated in chapter two. Something you may have noticed about the Lord, when something is really important, He gets a little repetitive. I suppose He thinks we’re hard headed and need to be told multiple times to be sure it sinks in. He’s right, by the way.
Did you know that you have to ask God to give you wisdom and insight? He wants us to seek out understanding. Think about it, when someone asks you for something you know that they believe you have what they need. Asking implies that you want to learn and are actively listening.
Once we have sought these gifts from the Lord, he makes us four promises that require very little from us:
1. He (the Lord) grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
Honesty has always & will always be the best policy. I can say there have been times in my life that telling the truth was painful, either to me or the person I was sharing with, but it is absolutely necessary in order to live the blessed life. You want to have deep connections with people & know how to respond in any given situation, be honest-with them, yourself and the Lord.
2. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
Moral uprightness, strong principals…that is how integrity is defined. The Lord wants his children to have a backbone and stand by their convictions. You stand up for what the Lord declares as true and he will shield you from your adversaries.
3. He guards the path of the just
Be fair. Stand up for the innocent. Don’t condemn the guilty. The Lord is the one who sits on the judgment seat, thank goodness because I do not want that job and quite honestly I don’t want you in that position either! Let your hearts and minds be open and kind and the Lord will direct your steps.
4. and protects those who are faithful to him.
I like this one. God had promised his divine protection over my life if I am committed to him. God’s love for me is steadfast, does he not deserve the same in return. I think yes.
(Proverbs 2: 7-8 NLT)
Seek wisdom, trust that God wants to grant you understanding, have a reverential fear of Him and watch how your life is transformed during this reading challenge. God is moving, people. It’s up to us if we go with Him or sit and watch from the nosebleed section.
*This is day 2 of our 31 day reading challenge, it’s not too late to join us! One chapter of Proverbs a day, February 11-March 13. There will be a post here for each reading. Blessings!*