Peace of My Heart

An encouraging voice to drown out the noise

~Benefits of Wisdom~ February 12, 2014

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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!*

 

~31 Day Challenge~ February 11, 2014

This past weekend my husband and I attended a marriage conference at our church.  It worked out so that all of our Life Group members were there as well which has provided ample subjects to dive into during our meetings!

We met with our friends last night and one thing that we all agreed on was the speaker’s challenge to read through the book of Proverbs in 31 days.  One chapter a day.  That seemed feasible and we decided to go at it as a group and hold one another accountable.  In an attempt at helping our group stay focused and see this thing through to the end, I’ve decided to write each day on what we read.  I don’t typically post every day so this will be a stretch for me.  But I think it will be good for me, our group members and even some of you that I’ve never met.

Now that I’ve explained what, let’s dive right in!

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Proverbs 1

From the very beginning, the author tells us what the purpose of the book is and to whom it applies.

These are the wise sayings of Solomon,
David’s son, Israel’s king—
Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right,
to understand what life means and where it’s going;
A manual for living,
for learning what’s right and just and fair;
To teach the inexperienced the ropes
and give our young people a grasp on reality.
There’s something here also for seasoned men and women,
still a thing or two for the experienced to learn—
Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate,
the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women. (Vs 1-6)

The purpose of the entire book of Proverbs is to teach us how to be wise, self-disciplined and live a successful life.  Yeah, I want that.

Perhaps the best part about the above verses is you know right up front that it offers something for everyone:

The new Christian and the veteran.

The simple learners and the most educated minds.

Men and women.

Young and old.

The very next verse tells us that the foundation of all wisdom is fear of the Lord.  When we submit ourselves to the Lord, He shows us things that we couldn’t possibly comprehend without His divine nature.  What once seemed confusing and frustrating can become crystal clear when we trust and fear God and his perfect plan for our lives.

Dear Lord, I pray over these next 31 days that you would reveal things to us that we’ve never known before.  I ask that you open our minds and soften our hearts that we may be receptive to your teachings.  Remind us that you left us this book so that we would have an answer for all of life’s many, complicated situations.  I pray that the words we read would strike a chord and relate directly to each and every need or question we may have.  And may it settle deep within our hearts, hidden there for us to recall at times when we need them most.  Amen.

Please join my friends and I as we go through one of my favorite books of the Bible.  We all will glean something different so let us encourage one another with what we learn.