Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Three


Perhaps we could say that the main theme of the book of Proverbs is wisdom.  After all, the book is a collection of wise sayings, many of which deal with how to obtain wisdom and instructing the wise in pursuing wisdom.  A number of verses speak of the benefits of wisdom.  For example, verse five and six of today’s Proverb tells us that we should not live according to our own wisdom and understanding and instead tells us that we are to “trust in the Lord with all our heart”, promising that the Lord will then “direct our steps”.  Today, however, two verses in Proverbs chapter three seemed to stand out to me as if I had overlooked them until today.

Don’t fear sudden danger or the ruin of the wicked when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from a snare” [Proverbs 3:25-26].

In a day when terror attacks, violent crime, mass shootings, drive-by shootings, and the like seem to be daily events, it is comforting to be reminded that my Heavenly Father is by my side (another translation for the phrase “your confidence” in verse 25).  I am thankful today that God is with me in this life and I can live in confident assurance of His providential care.

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~ by brotherfaron on October 3, 2016.

2 Responses to “Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Three”

  1. Verses 27 and following are the standouts for me today. While I am studying James, these could be cross references for his instruction to the brethren. “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it.” These verses wreak of pride and self exultation over our neighbors. Yes, it may inconvenient at the time, but God says to give “it” now. Beth Moore, in her Mercy Triumphs study, elaborates on the definition of personal favoritism this way: the meaning of the word evokes a picture of a king entering the room with all his subjects face down on the floor. He passes by each one and decides on whom he will grant his favor by lifting their face to gaze upon him. Saying to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I will help you,” displays this same attitude. God forgive us for placing ourselves in the position of granting favor or deciding when to meet a need.

    • It is indeed unfortunate and sad that we now live in a day when so many believe it is up to them to decide who to help and when to help. May God restore us to the place of living and walking with the compassion of Christ, trusting God to supply our need as we generously and compassionately seek to meet the needs around us.
      Thanks for your insights and thoughts as we progress toward the prize!

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