Don’t Assume You Know It All
1-2 Good friend, don’t forget all I’ve taught you; take to heart my commands. They’ll help you live a long, long time, a long life lived full and well.
3-4 Don’t lose your grip on Love and Loyalty. Tie them around your neck; carve their initials on your heart.
Earn a reputation for living well in God’s eyes and the eyes of the people.
5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.
13-18 You’re blessed when you meet Lady Wisdom, when you make friends with Madame Insight. She’s worth far more than money in the bank; her friendship is better than a big salary. Her value exceeds all the trappings of wealth; nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her. With one hand she gives long life, with the other she confers recognition. Her manner is beautiful, her life wonderfully complete. She’s the very Tree of Life to those who embrace her. Hold her tight—and be blessed!
19-20 With Lady Wisdom, God formed Earth; with Madame Insight, he raised Heaven. They knew when to signal rivers and springs to the surface, and dew to descend from the night skies.
21-26 Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life; don’t for a minute lose sight of them. They’ll keep your soul alive and well, they’ll keep you fit and attractive. You’ll travel safely, you’ll neither tire nor trip. You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep. No need to panic over alarms or surprises, or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner, Because God will be right there with you; he’ll keep you safe and sound.
27-29 Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person. Don’t tell your neighbor “Maybe some other time” or “Try me tomorrow” when the money’s right there in your pocket.
Don’t figure ways of taking advantage of your neighbor when he’s sitting there trusting and unsuspecting.
30-32 Don’t walk around with a chip on your shoulder, always spoiling for a fight. Don’t try to be like those who shoulder their way through life. Why be a bully? “Why not?” you say. Because God can’t stand twisted souls. It’s the straightforward who get his respect.
33-35 God’s curse blights the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. He gives proud skeptics a cold shoulder, but if you’re down on your luck, he’s right there to help. Wise living gets rewarded with honor; stupid living gets the booby prize.
A Friendly Reminder…
First I want to thank Chris for inviting me over to his blog for the Proverbs project he is doing. It’s a awesome project and I am really excited to be able to share what I’ve been getting out of reading Proverbs.
While reading Proverbs 3 or any of the Proverbs for that fact I was reminded they are pretty much the “cliff notes” for us Christians. There is a TON of practical information in just about every verse that really just shows us “how” we should live our lives on a daily basis. Some of it you would think would be common sense for us, but there is some scriptures that are kinda slap you in the face as well.
I remember while dealing with our son Gavin’s illness I would come back to reading Proverbs because of the promises they have for us to remember.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.
No matter the situation we were going through with Gavin, it was choice that I had to make on a daily, sometimes hourly to trust in Gods plan, and that even in the midst of our heartache God was in this very situation.
The other thing that really striked me in Proverbs 3 is that how the recurring message about NOT to think to highly of yourself…or basically don’t get a big head.
Prov 3: 9-12 Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.
Prov3:21 Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life; don’t for a minute lose sight of them.
I don’t know about you but this is something I still deal with.. to be honest even when I was asked to write this blog post. I had to take a minute or more to be reminded that this isn’t about how cool I am or whatever. This would have been the perfect opportunity for pride to start seeping in and filling my head with things that make me feel important. But by reading and re-reading Proverbs 3 its definitely helped me keep myself in check….(and maybe from some truth that my lovely wife knows how to speak in my life as well 😉
Adam is a husband to Karen, and father to 3 amazing kids Madison 6, Gavin 4, who passed away in Nov 8, 2009 from Mitochondrial Disease. He and his wife are in the process of adopting their daughter Angela 3, who has Cerebral Palsy, and a few other issues. Adam likes to run, hang out with his family, and blogs over at www.adamowens.com and you can follow him on Twitter @adamandkaren