Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Thirty
It’s a little saddening to me that tomorrow is the final day of the October, 2016, Proverbs Challenge. The journey through one chapter of Proverbs in the bible each day has gone by quickly. It does not have to end tomorrow. You can go on reading a chapter a day. You can continue devoting time each day to digest a thought from God’s Word. Why not press on even after we conclude this month’s challenge?
In today’s reading from Proverbs 30, I am meditating on the content of verse five. Verse five tells me that “every word of God is tested”, meaning I can rely on the certainty and truth of it. God’s word has been proven true through testing and His word has proven reliable through the testing. Thus, the second half of verse five reminds us “He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him”. As I think on these words, I am reminded of the opening verses of the Gospel of John – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men”. Those words give me a clear indication of who Proverbs 30:5 refers to when it says “He is a shield”. I become even more convinced the saying refers to Christ when I remember the words of Hebrews 4:14-16 (14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.).
Yes, the Word of God has been tested. He (the Word) proved True (without sin) in all things. Those who run to Him find refuge (salvation). What great confidence and assurance can be ours in Christ! Have you discovered it for yourself?