Hello again! Please turn in your Bible to Proverbs chapter 2. Go ahead and read verses 1-5.
Now that you’re done, let’s focus more on what they say. Verse 1: “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,”
Let’s stop here. You most likely know how to accept peoples’ advice, but how do you store up His commands? Well, one way is to memorize His words. I truly challenge you to try and memorize one Scripture a week for a month. What will you look for in your Scriptures? What Testament will they be in? You decide. Pick a verse that helps you in your struggle(s). One way to find one is a concordance. I like to use http://www.biblestudytools.com. It’s a very handy website that has concordances, topical Bibles, commentaries, etc. I would recommend that. Also, I have a Nave’s Topical Bible next to me right now. These are a huge help. If you’re struggling with anger, look up anger in Nave’s. So simple! (They also have Nave’s Topical Bible at that website I listed)
Anyway, let’s look at verses 2-4: “turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,”
Do you do any of those things? I know I don’t really. But if we do, then we will have what verse 5 talks about. “Then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.” Wouldn’t that be wonderful to find the knowledge of God? Now look at what God does for those that do those things:
“He holds success in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones.” (Verses 7-8.)
Now that we have the idea, let’s look into what wisdom does in verses 10-22.
Let’s focus more on verses 10-12. They read: “For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,” I want to stop here. Wisdom will do these things for you if you do what verses 2-4 are talking about. Now, verses 13-19 talk about the punishment if you don’t obey verses 2-4. Let’s look at those: “Who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.” Here it talks about the adulterous woman:
“Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words, who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God. Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead. None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.” Now, verse 20-21 talks about blessings for the righteous:
“Thus you will walk in the ways of good, and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it;”
Now it talks about the wicked in verse 22 again. It talks about the curse given to them:
“But the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.” What a wonderfully beautiful thing wisdom is, and how few of us have it! I hope you have a great day, and God bless it!