Trust in the Lord - a time of reflection

Proverbs 3 New International Version (NIV) trustWisdom Bestows Well-Being

 

  • 1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,
  • 2 for they will prolong your life many years  and bring you peace and
  • prosperity.  3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck,
  • write them on the tablet of your heart.  4 Then you will win favor and a good name
  • in the sight of God and man.  5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart  
  • and lean not on your own understanding;6 in all your ways submit to him,
  •     and he will make your paths straight.[a]
  • 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;  fear the Lord and shun evil.
  • 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
  • Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
  • 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,  and your vats will brim over with new wine.
  • 11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke,
  • 12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.[b]
  • 13 Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,
  • 14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
  • 15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
  • 16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
  • 17 Her ways are pleasant ways,  and all her paths are peace.
  • 18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.
  • 19 By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;
  • 20 by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
  • 21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
  • preserve sound judgment and discretion;
  • 22 they will be life for you,
  • an ornament to grace your neck.
  • 23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
  • and your foot will not stumble.
  • 24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
  • when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
  • 25 Have no fear of sudden disaster
  • or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
  • 26 for the Lord will be at your side
  • and will keep your foot from being snared.
  •  27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,     when it is in your power to act.
  • 28 Do not say to your neighbor,
  •     “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—
  •     when you already have it with you.
  • 29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
  • who lives trustfully near you.
  • 30 Do not accuse anyone for no reason—
  • when they have done you no harm.
  • 31 Do not envy the violent  or choose any of their ways.
  • 32 For the Lord detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • 33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.
  • 34 He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.
  • 35 The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame

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Some take-a-ways from Proverbs 3:

  • Read His word daily (keep His commandments and repent when you don't)
  • Work out your salvation daily (with fear and trembling of God's AWEsomeness)
  • Let Love and Faithfulness abound in you daily (and in your daily walk)
  • Fear the Lord and do not entertain anything perverse/evil
  • Do not hate His discipline, but understand that He is treating us as a loving father would treat his son
  • Do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight (keep the word close to you and your heart)
  • Honor the Lord with your wealth (tithe).  This is the only time that we can test the Lord (Malachi 3:10-11)
  • Try and out give God in doing good (see what He does for you)
  • Do not withhold good and charity from others when it is in your power to act (this will be a great sin against the saints, so repent if you do and ask for his path the next time)
  • Do not envy the violent or worldly individuals (their wealth and prosperity is fleeting if their hope is not in the Lord)
  • Do not choose their ways of living (worldly) for this does not prosper us, nor does it make our Father (in Heaven) happy
  • Do not grieve the Holy Spirit that is in each of us that profess the name of Christ
  • Finally, Trust in the Lord with all of your heart
  • Lean not on your understanding
  • In all of your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.

 

Blessings, Dante