Through the Bible in One Year

Day 10

Proverbs 3:1-6

My son, don’t forget my teaching,

but let your heart keep my commands;

for they will bring you

many days, a full life, and well-being.

Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you.

Tie them around your neck;

write them on the tablet of your heart.

Then you will find favor and high regard

with God and people.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

and do not rely on your own understanding;

in all your ways know him,

and he will make your paths straight.

Solomon here is giving us some really sound advise and wisdom.  He is telling us that generally speaking, obeying God and living by his principles can result in better health, a longer life and a happier and more prosperous life.  However, there are exceptions to this general principle.  At times Godly people do suffer and do not live long lives.  In fact, wicked people often seem to be healthy and successful.  But in the end, God’s judgment will reveal the truth and set things right.

Solomon then goes on to tell us that trusting in the Lord with all our hearts is the opposite of doubting and ignoring God and his Word.  It also involves surrendering our anxieties, worries and fears to him.  Complete trust and reliance on God is vital to our relationship with him.  After all, he has always proven to be trustworthy.  As God’s children, we can be assured that our heavenly Father loves us and will faithfully care for us, guide us in the right way, give us his undeserved favor and keep his promises.  In the most difficult times of our lives, we can commit our plans and situations to the Lord and trust him to work things out for our best.

Solomon goes on to tell us the our own understanding is limited, imperfect and can likely lead to error.  For this reason our thinking must by enlightened by God’s Word and led by the Holy Spirit.  Rather than relying on our own reasons and judgement, we must pray for God’s wisdom and purposes to guide all our decisions and goals in life.

And finally Solomon tells us that in all our plans, decisions and activities, we are to make it our purpose to recognize and accept God’s authority and desire his leadership above anything else.  If the aim of your life is to honor him and serve his purposes, you can be confident of his guidance.  By submitting to God’s direction and approaching each new day as an opportunity to deepen your trust in God, you will discover and accomplish his highest purposes for your life.  In the process, God will bring honor to himself through you.  So rather than being anxious about anything, look to God for help and direction “by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving”.  When you do this, God promises to make your paths straight.  That is to say, he will lead you in the right direction, enabling you to overcome all obstacles, and make the right choices to accomplish his perfect purpose for your life.

Tomorrow’s Bible Readings:

Genesis 24:52-26:16, Matthew 8:18-34, Psalm 10:1-15 and Proverbs 3:7-8

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