Proverbs 3, Part One — Wisdom Gives Us Well-Being

-Trust in the Lord with all your heart and

Do you ever feel stressed when you need to make a decision? I can be indecisive when I fear that I might make the wrong choice. What a blessing it is to give our lives completely to God and trust His decisions. There is peace in submitting to God’s will. When we ask God to do His will in a situation, we can find comfort no matter the outcome. Even if things turn out to be difficult, we can rest in the knowledge that it was God’s will. It can be difficult to give God complete control of our life, but we will see in Proverbs 3 that submitting to God brings peace.

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 peace and prosperity.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
    bind them around your neck,
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
    in the sight of God and man.” Proverbs 3:1-4

The first verse of chapter 3 tells us to store God’s commands in our hearts. Proverbs 2:2 says we should engage our hearts in understanding wisdom. By memorizing the Word, we are able to understand and apply wisdom. A practical way to do this in our lives is to actually write out verses. Through the process of writing out the scripture and by posting it in places we will see often, we can have a tangible method of keeping God’s commands in our hearts.

  • Verse 1 tells us to remember God’s teaching. What are some things that could cause us to forget His teaching? How can we be purposeful in keeping it in our hearts?

Exodus 20:12 reflects the blessings that God gives us when we remember His teaching. It says,

 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”

God is pleased when we focus on His teaching. Verse 4 mentions favor gained from man as well as from God. When we focus on God, people recognize how God has changed us. They see how He has blessed our lives.

  • In what ways has God’s hand in your life been obvious to you as well as others?

The Proverb continues,

“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.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
    and nourishment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:5-8

Verse 5 calls for us to completely trust God. It is not true trust if we don’t give God our whole lives. He is trustworthy with everything we have. Additionally, it is prudent to lean on God’s understanding over ours. He sees the whole picture, while we only see our present circumstances. Verse 8 shows us that submitting to God brings us physical health as well as spiritual well-being. Proverbs 16:20 tells us,

“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
    and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.”

  • What has stopped you from submitting to God in the past? How can you keep that from hindering you again?

Praise God for His sovereignty and wisdom! When we submit to His will, we have peace and prosperity. We will continue to dig into this concept in my next post. Blessings,

Olivia

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