Review This is part of a series, studying the book of Proverbs during the month of July, 2011. For more details clickhere.
Theme It's in chapter 3 that specifies what the benefits are of learning from, and living out, what Solomon is compiling for us readers. Six things really catch my eye in this chapter, and each of these topics are something that I believe we are all looking for in life. They are -
A long and satisfying life (vs. 2)
His guidance and direction (vs. 6)
Strong mental and physical health (vs. 8)
A blessed, prosperous life (vs. 10)
Safety (vs. 23)
A peaceful life (vs. 24-26)
I would dare say that just about every worry, fear and night of lost sleep is directly related to one of these 6 topics. For me personally, each of these things are appealing, however, in order to receive these blessings, I must each give up something that I normally hold close to my heart - control. I bet several of us struggle with that. So many times, we try to find or create perfection on our own. The problem is that without giving the Father complete control, we tend to just make a mess of the situation. The result is usually less than satisfactory. Was it adequate? Possibly. Does it compare to what is in store for us when we allow God to guide us and live out HIS plans for our lives? Absolutely not.
If you want to gain the world, let go of everything that blocks Him out.
Key Verse For Me
Proverbs 3:26 - For the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.
"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world." - C. S. Lewis
Isaiah 26:3 - You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
I Peter 5:7 - Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
Dear Heavenly Father, may I contstantly give You control, wait on your guidance, and listen to Your advice. Help me continue to die to myself to gain the life You have for me.