The Heart

TheHeart

Yesterday we covered twenty-two verses in what almost qualified for the “list of longest posts.”  Today we will cover just eight verses!  Yes, it’ll be a little breather (so we can continue to digest the better-than-honey sweetness of God’s Word) but let me tell you that these eight verses are packed full of rich truth.

That said, day four is Proverbs 3:1-8…

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(1) MY SON, DO NOT FORGET MY TEACHING, BUT KEEP MY COMMANDS IN YOUR HEART, (2) FOR THEY WILL PROLONG YOUR LIFE MANY YEARS AND BRING YOU PROSPERITY.  (3) LET LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS NEVER LEAVE YOU; BIND THEM AROUND YOUR NECK, WRITE THEM ON THE TABLET OF YOUR HEART.  (4) THEN YOU WILL WIN FAVOR AND A GOOD NAME IN THE SIGHT OF GOD AND MAN.  (5) TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING; (6) IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND HE WILL MAKE YOUR PATHS STRAIGHT.  (7) DO NOT BE WISE IN YOUR OWN EYES; FEAR THE LORD AND SHUN EVIL.  (8) THIS WILL BRING HEALTH TO YOUR BODY AND NOURISHMENT TO YOUR BONES.

PROVERBS 3:1-8, NIV84

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My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.  The heart, the heart.  In the Bible, the heart is described as the center of thought and will, the all of a person, the attributes which make him or her him or her.[1]  The heart governs these attributes.  God knows the true heart of men and women.  “[F]or the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever” (1 Chronicles 28:9b, NKJV).  So where does that intentional and deliberate seeking stem from?  A pure heart!  What is the outcome for the pure in heart?  They shall see God (Matthew 5:8)!  What is the purpose of pursuing the fear of the Lord and the knowledge of God?  To be near to Him!  Prosperity can also be translated as peace.  Where is peace found?  In the Presence and Person of the Lord God, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 9:6, Ephesians 2:14, 2 Peter 1:2-11).[2]

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.  Love, what does that have to do with knowledge?  When it’s the knowledge of Christ we’re talking about: EVERYTHING.  Ephesians 3:17-19 (NASB) says, “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God”.  Our pursuit of wisdom must be rooted and grounded in love.  And true and pure love.  We must not be full of ourselves, but rather emptied– broken and contrite– so that we may be filled up to all the fullness of God!  We cannot just “put on” the appearance of wisdom.  It doesn’t work like that.  We have to write it on the tablet of our hearts, meaning our inner motives must be governed by love and faithfulness for wisdom is ROOTED in such things.

Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.  “Favor” can be translated as “grace” and a “good name” can be translated as “reputation”.  This does NOT mean that God will approve of us the times if / when we are “Christian-y” and we will be accepted by and fit in with the world as one-of-them.  A reputation which  is dichotomized doesn’t hold water– it’s not true, it’s not pure.  This means that before both God and the world we hold the same God-fearing, wisdom-pursuing, love-driven, good, honest, and pure reputation.

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.  These two verses epitomize the denial of self-confidence.  There are no benefits in trusting in oneself and going against God.  Once again, it’s a matter of the heart– the intentions of who we are and what we do.  Later on in the Book of Proverbs we are told that the “why” of our pursuit is “so that [our] trust may be in the Lord”(Proverbs 22:19a, NASB).  But didn’t we already learn that the “why” was to understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God?  We did.  Trusting God provides clarification about what the fear of the Lord and the knowledge of God consist of.  More deliberate actions and decisions.  Acknowledge in this verse means seek.  What “way” and “path” is this referring to?  The one of victory and success which is characterized by the uprightness, blamelessness, justice, and faithfulness spoken of earlier in Proverbs (2:6-9).

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.  This is a continuation of the theme of the denial of self-confidence.  “Thus says the Lord, ‘Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:23-24, NASB).[3]  Being wise in one’s own eyes is inconsistent with wisdom– it’s false, it’s sick, it’s sin tainted, and it’s haughty which is the opposite of the humble attitude of the heart indispensable to wisdom.  Even more so, this verse is a explicit tie to the twofold “why”.  Why do we pursue the acquisition and attainment of wisdom and understanding?  (1)To obtain God’s guidance (i.e.: fear the Lord) and (2) to avoid the society and enticements of the wicked (i.e.: shun evil).

This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.  Psalm 32 speaks of the sorrows and sickness of the wicked in contrast to the gladness, joy, and lovingkindess which surround those who trust the Lord and are upright in heart.[4]  (Hmm, another connection between trust and the heart.)  “When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away though my groaning all day long.  For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer” (Psalm 32:3-4).  What wasted away, what was drained?  His body and his vitality. (Remember that sin is death. “[I]t takes away the lives of those who get [the ill-gotten gain]” (Proverbs 1:19).  “For [the] house [of the adulteress] leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead” (Proverbs 2:18).)  Why?  Because he failed to trust God.  What happened once he acknowledged his sin and confessed it?  God forgave him.  Did he then continue to express the agonizing, body destroying, and vitality draining sorrows and sickness?  No.  What did he go on to express?  The gladness, joy, and lovingkindess which surround those who trust the Lord and are upright in heart.  That sounds healthful and nourishing to me!

God, please forgive us of our sins.  Help us to deny our self-confidence.  Help us to trust You and be upright in heart so much so our reputation before You and everyone at all times is that we are the God-fearing, wisdom-pursuing, love-driven, good, honest, and pure peculiar people You have called us to be!

Victoria

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  1. The heart, described in the Bible, tends to not be equated with the emotions like it is in today’s society. The emotions are more equated with the bowels (aka lower intestines) of the body.
  2. Second Peter 1:2-11 (NASB) goes so well with this chapter of Proverbs. (2) Grace and peace be multiplied to you inthe knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; (3) seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  (4) For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. (5) Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge(6) and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in  your perseverance, godliness, (7) and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love(8) For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (9) For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. (10) Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; (11) for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.”  What a confirmation of the truths we are encountering in our study of the Book of Proverbs!
  3. Keep these verses in Jeremiah tagged. We’ll come back to them as we continue with Proverbs 3.
  4. There is an additional connection in this Psalm with praying to God “in a time when [He] may be found” (Psalm 32:6a). See Proverbs 1:28.

 

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Opposing Duality

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As a middle school teacher, I am no stranger to the student generated question: “why?”  “Why are we doing this?”  “Why should I care?”  So I try to not just address the “what” and “how” of tasks and assignments but the “why” as well, especially when such tasks and assignments require students to tread unfamiliar territory.  The second chapter of Proverbs tends to be entitled, “Moral Benefits of Wisdom”.  It addresses the “why” of acquiring and attaining wisdom and understanding– which is God-given.  This is twofold, but simultaneously so.  One “why” is to obtain God’s guidance.  The other “why” is to avoid the society and enticements of the wicked.

That said, day three is Proverbs 2…

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1MY SON, IF YOU ACCEPT MY WORDS AND STORE UP MY COMMANDS WITHIN YOU, 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,  5 THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THE FEAR OF THE LORD AND FIND THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.  FOR THE LORD GIVES WISDOM; FROM HIS MOUTH COME KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING.  HE HOLDS SUCCESS IN STORE FOR THE UPRIGHT, HE IS A SHIELD TO THOSE WHOSE WALK IS BLAMELESS,  8 FOR HE GUARDS THE COURSE OF THE JUST AND PROTECTS THE WAY OF HIS FAITHFUL ONES.  THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT IS RIGHT AND JUST AND FAIR—EVERY GOOD PATH.  10 FOR WISDOM WILL ENTER YOUR HEART, AND KNOWLEDGE WILL BE PLEASANT TO YOUR SOUL. 11 DISCRETION WILL PROTECT YOU, AND UNDERSTANDING WILL GUARD YOU.  12 WISDOM WILL SAVE YOU FROM THE WAYS OF WICKED MEN, FROM MEN WHOSE WORDS ARE PERVERSE, 13 WHO HAVE LEFT THE STRAIGHT PATHS TO WALK IN DARK WAYS, 14 WHO DELIGHT IN DOING WRONG AND REJOICE IN THE PERVERSENESS OF EVIL, 15 WHOSE PATHS ARE CROOKED AND WHO ARE DEVIOUS IN THEIR WAYS.  16 WISDOM WILL SAVE YOU ALSO FROM THE ADULTEROUS WOMAN, FROM THE WAYWARD WOMAN WITH HER SEDUCTIVE WORDS, 17 WHO HAS LEFT THE PARTNER OF HER YOUTH AND IGNORED THE COVENANT SHE MADE BEFORE GOD.  18 SURELY HER HOUSE LEADS DOWN TO DEATH AND HER PATHS TO THE SPIRITS OF THE DEAD.  19 NONE WHO GO TO HER RETURN OR ATTAIN THE PATHS OF LIFE.  20 THUS YOU WILL WALK IN THE WAYS OF THE GOOD AND KEEP TO THE PATHS OF THE RIGHTEOUS. 21 FOR THE UPRIGHT WILL LIVE IN THE LAND, AND THE BLAMELESS WILL REMAIN IN IT; 22 BUT THE WICKED WILL BE CUT OFF FROM THE LAND, AND THE UNFAITHFUL WILL BE TORN FROM IT.

PROVERBS 2:1-22, NIV

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To understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God there are, once again, deliberate actions to be taken on our part.  (Note all of the “ifs”.)  What are those actions?  Accepting the words of instruction / teaching, storing up the commands, turning our ear to wisdom and applying our heart to understanding, calling out for insight, crying aloud for understanding, looking for understanding as silver and searching for it as hidden treasure.  It’s a pursuit.  God has already made the first move, He has shown us His intentions and openly invited us to understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.  It’s our turn in response to show Him our intentions and accept His invitation.  If we will draw near, He will draw near to us (James 4:8).  Such a pursuit tests the authenticity of our commitment.  Starting to sound pretty relational?  (Proverbs 2:10 reinforces this– our hearts and souls are pretty intimate and personal pieces of our inner being.)

For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.  Another reminder of wisdom’s Source– the true reason for our pursuit.  There is NO space for misinterpretation here.

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.  Who bestows all these good things?  The Lord God.  It has been established that understanding the fear of the Lord and finding the knowledge of God is an intentional and deliberate pursuit.  This pursuit is a process: i.e. ongoing.  It’s a “walk”, a “course”, a “way”.  What  “walk”, “course”, “way”?  One of victory and success!  Yet, this doesn’t come without conditions too.  This path of victory and success is characterized by uprightness, blamelessness, justice, and faithfulness.  Could we be / do this individually and independently?  I’ll go out on a limb and say, “nope”.  Remember the purpose of life: to know the Lord Jesus Christ better in an intimate and heartfelt I-know-Him-and-He-knows-me kind of way?  This pursuit naturally helps us do just that.  It builds a greater reliance on and relationship with God.  We cannot walk the path of victory and success which is characterized by uprightness, blamelessness, justice, and faithfulness without Him.

(I know you’re thinking that this post is beginning to qualify for the “list of longest posts”, but stick with me.  It’s just getting good!)

 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.  The understanding spoken of here is a discernment.  And discernment meaning a distinguishment, a separation.  So what is being distinguished or separated?  (Okay, here’s where the excitement rises for me!  I love the structure of this chapter!)  The rest of this chapter goes on to then contrast the path which is in opposition to the one of victory and success.  Having this wisdom will save (literally deliver from a strained or lacking relationship with God; spare and be safe from danger) us from the danger, unpleasantness, harm, and problems of sinfulness and wickedness introduced in chapter one– more bluntly: death (Proverbs 1:9).  (Also see Proverbs 2:18-19.  The consistency is BEAUTEOUS!)

Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you, wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, wisdom will save you.  But didn’t it just explain a couple of verses earlier that God is the one who guards and protects, etc.?  Yes.  I believe it’s one and the same, for the Source and therefore Giver of these is God.

Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.  There is such encouragement in verse 20!  The New Living Translation (NLT) puts it like this: “Follow the steps of good men instead, and stay on the paths of the righteous.”  With “good men” and “righteous” being plural, it hints to me that others have walked this path.  It’s doable, not impossible.  And that’s encouraging.

For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.  In verses 21-22, the contrast is succinctly recapped:  if you are upright and blameless your destiny is to live and remain but if you are wicked and unfaithful your destiny is to be cut off and torn away.

I’d like to propose an additional title for this chapter of Proverbs: “Opposing Duality”.  The choice between two very separate and contradictory destinies lies before us.  May we choose wisely!

Victoria

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Beauteous Consistency!

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The remaining portion of chapter one of the Book of Proverbs is often entitled “Warnings”.  What is the purpose of a warning?  A warning is a notice of impending danger or unpleasantness, possible harm or problem(s) that could otherwise be avoidable.  The person who is issuing a warning is well aware of the impending danger or possible problem.  His or her purpose is to bring the recipient(s) of that warning to the same awareness.

That said, day two is Proverbs 1:8-33…

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(8) Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.  (9) They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.  (10) My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.  (11) If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul; (12) let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; (13) we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder; (14) cast lots with us; we will all share the loot”— (15) my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths; (16) for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.  (17) How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it!  (18) These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves!  (19) Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.  (20) Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; (21) on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech: (22) “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?  How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?  (23) Repent at my rebuke!  Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.  (24) But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, (25) since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, (26) I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you— (27) when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.  (28) “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, (29) since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord.  (30) Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, (31) they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.  (32) For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; (33) but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

PROVERBS 1:8-33 NIV84

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A garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.  The graceful garland and adorning chain signify a distinguishment.  They are items which would certainly make it obvious that the wearer is set apart, different from the norm.  That’s the effect of listening to wise instruction and not forsaking wise teaching– standing apart from the masses as a peculiar person.

If sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.  Is it just by happenstance that the sinners spoken of are plural?  “Them,” “us,” “we,” “our,” “their,” “they,” “these,” “themselves.”  I think not.  Sinful enticement is widespread and bound to be encountered everywhere by everyone.  More than that, this plurality further reinforces that wisely living according to the well-established perfect truth depicted in Proverbs sets one apart from the world– it’s a holy life in opposition to the widespread sinfulness.

Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.  Going after ill-gotten gain (greed, covetousness, murder, etc.) is calamitous and miserable.  The sinner’s end AND the means to that end is destruction and death.  “[T]hey will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes…” (Proverbs 1:31, NIV84).

I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you— when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.  How listening and responding to wisdom would have prevented: disaster, calamity, distress, and trouble!  Who in their right mind would want to sign up for those things?  But then again, this continues to reaffirm the point (as made in Proverbs 1:1-7) that both accepting and rejecting wisdom are intentional and deliberate decisions.  Repenting at rebuke, refusing to listen, not paying attention, disregarding advice, not accepting rebuke, hating knowledge, not choosing to fear the Lord, not accepting advice, and spurning rebuke are ALL intentional and deliberate actions.

Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.  There is a time when it is too late.  We all have that friend (or might be that friend ourselves) who will remark, “watch your step,” AFTER you have already tripped.  Our response to that might be a sarcastic, “well, thanks” or “you should have told me that BEFORE I tripped, captain obvious”!  Heeding a warning after the fact isn’t too useful.  This is a forewarning.  Isaiah 55:6 (NASB) tells us to “SEEK THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND; CALL UPON HIM WHILE HE IS NEAR.”  That word “near” used in Isaiah also appears in Psalm 34:18 (NASB), “THE LORD IS NEAR TO THE BROKENHEARTED AND SAVES THOSE WHO ARE CRUSHED IN SPIRIT.”  Again, we are reminded of the points made earlier in Proverbs 1:1-7!  (Missed that post?  No fear!  Click here to read.)

I hope that you are coming to see along with me the beauty of the unity and consistency within Proverbs.  Proverbs shouldn’t be likened to a 365 day flip calendar of mutually exclusive yet somehow inspirational and or humorous quotes.  Each statement of well-established perfect truth confirms and is confirmed by the other statements…and in greater context all of Scripture.

 

Victoria

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Well-Established Truth.

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The Book of Proverbs contains statements of well-established perfect truth.  What does this mean?  It means that far beyond any of the so claimed merits of asking a Dear Abby or searching Google, Proverbs provides the most universal yet most personal purposes, insights, and answers for living life as God intends by the author of life Himself– God.  But didn’t Solomon write it?  Yes, Solomon penned a large portion of the lessons in the Book of Proverbs.[1]  Here’s a question to consider: who was his Teacher?  It is made evident from the beginning chapter and becomes even more so throughout the book that the Teacher of this well-established perfect truth is God.

Would you like to join me as I delve into the Book of Proverbs this summer?  I know that there is so much depth to the truths of Proverbs and my understanding barely scratches the surface, but my prayer is that “the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give [us] the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that [we] may know Him better” (Ephesians 1:17, NIV84).  That’s the entire purpose of life, isn’t it?  To know the Lord Jesus Christ better?  And in more than a I-know-OF-or-ABOUT-Him kind of way but in an intimate and heartfelt I-know-Him-and-He-knows-me kind of way?

That said, day one is Proverbs 1:1-7…[2]

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(1) THE PROVERBS OF SOLOMON SON OF DAVID, KING OF ISRAEL: (2) FOR ATTAINING WISDOM AND DISCIPLINE; FOR UNDERSTANDING WORDS OF INSIGHT; (3) FOR ACQUIRING A DISCIPLINED AND PRUDENT LIFE, DOING WHAT IS RIGHT AND JUST AND FAIR; (4) FOR GIVING PRUDENCE TO THE SIMPLE, KNOWLEDGE AND DISCRETION TO THE YOUNG– (5) LET THE WISE LISTEN AND ADD TO THEIR LEARNING, AND LET THE DISCERNING GET GUIDANCE– (6) FOR UNDERSTANDING PROVERBS AND PARABLES, THE SAYINGS AND RIDDLES OF THE WISE.  (7) THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE, BUT FOOLS DESPISE WISDOM AND DISCIPLINE.

PROVERBS 1:1-7. NIV84

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Attaining discipline and acquiring a disciplined life.  Discipline is a moral quality of self-control.  Self-control necessitates an intentionalness.  Having self-control isn’t a “whoops, I just passed up that box of Krispy Kremes on accident, I wasn’t meaning to not take one for any reason, it just happened.”  Nope, exercising self-control is an ongoing chain of intentional decisions.

Acquiring a prudent life and giving prudence to the simple.  Prudence is more than the capacity for understanding.  It is the discernment in managing affairs and doing so deliberately.  Starting to sound like discipline and prudence naturally go hand in hand?  Exercising prudence necessitates discretion with deliberateness.

What is this showing us?  Wisdom and understanding  are thoughtfully and purposively attained and acquired.  Even so, this is nothing to be prideful about.

Let the wise listen and add to their learning.  “Listen” and “add” imply that there is a humility that comes along with true wisdom.  Learn and never stop learning: i.e. always have a teachable attitude.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  Fear is the respect toward a superior; again, emphasizing a humbleness. “The fear of the Lord” equally implies a submission, a state of worship in recognizing the source of wisdom– God alone.

Though wisdom and understanding  are thoughtfully and purposively attained and acquired, all is naught without the acknowledgement that the attainment and acquisition of true wisdom cannot be conjured or counterfeited because it it comes from God.  It is He who gives liberally to those who lack wisdom (James 1:4).

Just like salvation, it’s all about the attitude of the heart.  It’s a broken and contrite heart that God will not despise (Psalm 51:17).  What do you mean “broken” and “contrite”?  An attitude of selflessness, being penitent and devoid of pride– recognizing our insufficiency and His sufficiency.  Wisdom starts with God, it doesn’t exist apart from Him.

God, we come to You in the name of Jesus Christ.  We ask that you would help each of us to have a repentant and undivided heart so that we might walk in Your truth and grow in Your wisdom to know You better.  We acknowledge our insufficiency and know full well that You are sufficient– we lack wisdom, so we are coming to You, the source of wisdom, to ask You for wisdom.  In Your grace and Your mercy, please help us to be intentional, deliberate, and humble about seeking Your kingdom and righteousness. 

Victoria

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  1. Agur and Lemuel also contributed to the later portions of Proverbs.
  2. If you’ve been following this blog long enough (And I apologize for the lengthy intermission, SORRY!), you’ll know that I reference various translations of the Bible. I just find that referencing various translations (along with lexicons and such) adds to my understanding of the scriptures within context and is good practice in general.

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