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The Proverbial Journey 3

March 3, 2010

Proverbs Chapter 3

Vs. 5-7

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.”

So often we are desperate for direction and even get angry with God for the difficulties we face.   But the truth we need to face is that God is looking for something from us.  He wants our hearts.  He wants us to love Him enough to place all this stuff, even the results, into His hands.  God always wants all.  God wants us to trust and rely upon the wisdom He has given us in His word.  God also always deserves all the glory.  If we acknowledge Him in all we do it will expose the things we don’t do for Him and force us to declare that He is in charge.  If we do this He will make our paths straight.  Pastor John Payton says, “The scriptures say that the steps of a righteous man are ordered of God, but if you don’t step, God’s got nothing to order.”

Vs. 7 –  ” Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.”

This one is a tough one in America.  Our drive is to be self sufficient, smart, and with the culture. But the statement is plain and to the point without wiggle room.  I often say this is a “garden thing”.  The problem in the Garden of Eden was that they wanted to be God, in control, wise in their own eyes.  We too find ourselves in many circumstances wanting to be in control.   True wisdom comes from God and we need to serve Him only.  Romans 12:1,2 makes this point in the New Testament.

Vs. 11,12 – My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”

If we could truly grasp the depth of the Lord’s passionate love for His children, we would begin to delight in His correction.  He is working in us to conform us, transform us, deliver us, and to set us free.  That often is an uncomfortable process for the flesh.  My dad says, “embrace the process”.  This passage says that God “delights” in us.  That is a strong word that goes beyond like or obligatory love, it denotes enjoyment.  So what He is working in us is for our benefit and His glory just because he delights in us!  Adopting this perspective  will help us in the uncomfortable times to have hope and joy.

Read these verses 27-32.  They really plainly speak for themselves.  I thought they are a good putting feet to the words of the Great Commandment  in Mark 12:28-34, “Love God With All . . .Love Your Neighbor As Yourself.”

“27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it,
when it is in your power to act.

28 Do not say to your neighbor,
“Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”—
when you now have it with you.

29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
who lives trustfully near you.

30 Do not accuse a man for no reason—
when he has done you no harm.

31 Do not envy a violent man
or choose any of his ways,

32 for the LORD detests a perverse man
but takes the upright into his confidence.”

How have you struggled with your own understanding or trusting in God?  What are your thoughts on the Lord’s discipline?  What are some of your thoughts on this Chapter?

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2 Comments
  1. Oh man, I am excited about today’s passage! And in particular, verses 11-12: “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.”

    My struggle is in understanding that the Lord’s correction is welling up out of deep love for me. It usually feels like he is correcting me out of frustration because I have brought him to his wit’s end again with my endless need to do things my own way.

    BUT, that’s not what this passage says! According to these verses, he corrects me because he delights in me! If I can get the understanding of that simple but incredibly profound truth rooted into my heart, it will be SO much easier to willingly, even happily submit to his correction. To trust his heart and obey his commands. To understand just what it means that I am his child.

  2. So many times I am expecting God to just give me what I want. I am expecting a clear answer from Him and at the time I think it will never come. Answers from God do not come quick, at least in my experience so far, maybe it is because I have a thicker skull and it takes extra time for the answer to sink in. We should not expect things from Him. He owes us nothing. He has already given everything to us. It is now our turn to give to Him.

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