Proverbs 3:1-12 “My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for they will provide a long and full life, and well-being for you. Do not let mercy and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will find favor and good understanding, in the sight of God and people. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own estimation; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. This will bring healing to your body, and refreshment to your inner self. Honor the LORD from your wealth and from the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled completely, and your vats will overflow with new wine. My child, do not despise discipline from the LORD, and do not loathe his rebuke. For the LORD disciplines those he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.”
- We need to stay in the Word and continue to seek out wisdom. It’s very easy to forget what we’ve read and been taught (1-2).
- We are to bind wisdom around us like a necklace. We are never to be without it. God’s commandments are “mercy and truth.” They show us how to be in a right relationship with both God and man (3-4).
- It’s very easy to be influenced by others or by our own ungodly impulses. We need to trust God instead, and follow His teaching. He has given us His Word to guide us and to help us succeed in life (5-8).
- One way that we show our trust is to honor God by being charitable. When we give we show our belief that He will take care of us, and our willingness to share with others will be rewarded (9-10). 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to make all grace overflow to you so that because you have enough of everything in every way at all times, you will overflow in every good work.”
- God shows His love for us by disciplining us when we don’t live the way we’re supposed to live. He is like a father who wants His children to mature. We should rejoice when we are disciplined, because it helps us to become wiser (11-12). And remember, God has set up this world in such a way that sin brings consequences. Galatians 6:7 reminds us that “a person will reap what he sows.”