Proverbs 3 – August 3

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Proverbs 3
Author: Dennis Wisdom

Most people have at some point trusted someone only to be disappointed. That makes it hard to trust again. And so we come to only trust our self, to rely only on our self. After all, who better looks after our own interests than our self?

Proverbs 3:5 tells us “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” When we put our trust in our own understanding we soon either find ourselves becoming anxious and second guessing our decisions or we begin to take pride in our own intellect, our own accomplishments, even our own spirituality.

Verse 7 then tells us to “Be not wise in your own eyes.” Rather than putting our trust in ourselves, we need to trust God with all our heart. We need to involve Him in all of our decisions and when we do so He says He will bless us.

In this chapter He tells us to honor Him with our wealth, to give Him our first fruits and to provide for others. When we give of what we have we are putting our trust in God to provide for us rather than trusting that we can provide for ourselves. And when we do trust in Him, He makes our paths straight, He fills our barns, He gives us wisdom, we won’t be afraid and we will find favor with God.

Proverbs 3 – July 3

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Proverbs 3
Author: Luke Anderson

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3.5 NIV)

I love the books people write.
“How to…”
“Something for Dummies”
“Fixing Your…”

People buy these books because they need something. Something that needs to be done right now. They need to learn how to do something, so they watch a video on YouTube or go to a seminar. They want to get something in their lives fixed.

Verse 5 says:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Lean not on your understanding, but on the Lord’s. Sometimes we think we can do it. We can be the heroes. We can save the world. We think we can fix our problems. Something is going wrong in our lives and we HAVE to fix what’s wrong with it. We think we know it all, but we don’t. The problems in our lives are not going to be fixed unless we have God. We can read book after book, watch video after video, but this won’t do it.

We are impatient people. We want it done now. We have been this way since the Old Testament. When Moses was on the mountain getting the 10 Commandments, the people didn’t want to wait and built an idol. Moses hits the rock to get water instead of talking to it. Saul sacrifices before Samuel gets to him. God is too “slow” for us so we take a shortcut. We go to the books or YouTube. We might learn some information but this isn’t going to fix it.

In the book Gods at War, Kyle Idleman talks about a man going to the doctor. The man has been coughing a lot and feels sick so the doctor runs some tests and gives him medicine. The man goes home and feels a lot better. The tests come back and the man has lung cancer. But the doctor doesn’t tell the man because he is on medicine and feels fine. On the inside, he is really being eaten alive by the cancer. The medicine fixes the symptoms, but not the disease.

God fixes the disease. We can’t fix it. When we rely on ourselves, things don’t work out. This is why we just have to trust and rely on God to do it. I love this proverb, but a lot of times we just forget to trust him because it’s in our instincts to fix things ourselves. Hopefully this reminds us not to do it ourselves and to let God into our lives and to use his understanding and help.

Proverbs 3 – June 3

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Proverbs 3
Author: Lyn Meter

What is a worldview? A worldview is how we make sense of life and the world around us. Proverbs 3 guides the reader into a godly worldview as a father would instruct and guide a son in the proper way to view life and the world around him—through the lens of godly wisdom.

The father reminds the son, “Don’t forget…” the things I’ve taught you. He provides practical advice for his son like, “tie love and faithfulness around your neck”, and “write them on your heart.” By doing this, no one can ever take away the wisdom he has learned.

Proverbs 3 also lists at least a dozen positive attributes about wisdom. This list of attributes, however, is not the only goal of this rich chapter. Embracing wisdom enables a person to avoid many of the obstacles and difficulties that foolish people encounter. This is the ultimate goal of a loving father; not just to make rules for his son to live by, but to see that the son that he loves, “walks securely” as he goes through life, “does not stumble” on life’s uncertain path, “lies down without fear” wherever he may be, and “sleeps with the sweetness of peace” that can only come from a loving God who views each and every one of us as His own child.  That is the worldview of Proverbs 3.