Skip to comments.Proverb A Day, Proverb 3 [Prayer and Meditation]
Posted on 08/03/2014 7:37:36 AM PDT by OneVike
Proverb 3 (NKJV)
Guidance for the Young
01 My son, do not forget my law,
00 But let your heart keep my commands;
02 For length of days and long life
00 And peace they will add to you.
03 Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
00 Bind them around your neck,
00 Write them on the tablet of your heart,
04 And so find favor and high esteem
00 In the sight of God and man.
05 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
00 And lean not on your own understanding;
06 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
00 And He shall direct your paths.
07 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
00 Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
08 It will be health to your flesh,
00 And strength to your bones.
09 Honor the LORD with your possessions,
00 And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,
00 And your vats will overflow with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
00 Nor detest His correction;
12 For whom the LORD loves He corrects,
00 Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
00 And the man who gains understanding;
14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
00 And her gain than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies,
00 And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand,
00 In her left hand riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
00 And all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
00 And happy are all who retain her.
19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;
00 By understanding He established the heavens;
20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up,
00 And clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes--
00 Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
22 So they will be life to your soul
00 And grace to your neck.
23 Then you will walk safely in your way,
00 And your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
00 Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
00 Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
26 For the LORD will be your confidence,
00 And will keep your foot from being caught.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
00 When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
28 Do not say to your neighbor,
00 "Go, and come back,
00 And tomorrow I will give it,"
00 When you have it with you.
29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor,
00 For he dwells by you for safety's sake.
30 Do not strive with a man without cause,
00 If he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy the oppressor,
00 And choose none of his ways;
32 For the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD,
00 But His secret counsel is with the upright.
33 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked,
00 But He blesses the home of the just.
34 Surely He scorns the scornful,
00 But gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise shall inherit glory,
00 But shame shall be the legacy of fools.
The purpose of Writing the book of Proverbs by Solomon is to reveal the mind of God in matters high and lofty and in common, ordinary, everyday situations. It appears that no topic escaped King Solomon's attention. Matters pertaining to personal conduct, sexual relations, business, wealth, charity, ambition, discipline, debt, child-rearing, character, alcohol, politics, revenge, and Godliness are among the many topics covered in this rich collection of wise sayings.
Without wisdom, knowledge is nothing more than an accumulation of raw facts, influenced by emotional feelings. Many highly educated people are in positions of power in the United States, but very few of those educated leaders have the wisdom needed to rule properly.
One can say that they have been educated well beyond their intelligence. A cursory look at the court system will prove my point that knowledge without wisdom will only lead to an immoral society that eventually crumbles from within. Judges are supposed to be above the fray, and immovable to emotions. Instead, the vast majority of judges today are Godless individuals who are vacant of wisdom. So their rulings are totally based upon emotional feelings.
We the people are to blame, because we ignored God's guidance in appointing our leaders. Instead of putting leaders full wisdom in power, we instead chose those who would scratch our itchy ears to lead us.
Along with my daily routine of reading the Bible, I try to read through the book of Proverbs once a Month. It's an easy task when you consider there are 31 Proverbs. So all you need to know is what day of the Month it is to know which Proverb to read. In the Months that have less than 31 days, I just double so I can begin the next month with Proverb 1 on the first again.
One of my favorites! Verse 5-6 especially apply to my life as I tend to worry about the future. I have to remind myself to put ALL my trust in the Lord and accept what is...for there is a purpose for every outcome even if I don’t understand it.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
8 It will be health to your flesh,
And strength to your bones.
Applies to many, including myself.
But I am working on my humility.
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Prayers, first of all, for your physical condition. Then all the other tasks will come at their own pace.
Prayers for you.
Keeping you in my prayers, asking our Lord to surround you with healing and comfort.
Prayer Warriors....a need for prayer. Please REPLY to OneVike.
Prayers on the way. God bless.
Prayers for your rapid healing, FRiend.
Omigosh—extra prayers up for you, OV!
You are in mine anyway, but I will add to them. I wonder how much your neurological issues are affected by your stress (believe me, it happens!)
I hope you’ll take a deep breath, know that everything WILL get done in due time- it will, & feel more- well, maybe not *relaxed* (Mr Haney), but better.
Man, I hate hectic. When it rains, it pours is a saying for a reason. Hang in there, OV!
Thanks Kathy for the ping.
This is one of my favorites too, as I am a worrier about all things.
Not sure if it's because I'm an Aries or something learned from home that makes me need to be in control. A daily struggle.
Prayers up for you.
That’s it...I feel like I need to be in control of all things in my life. When something unexpected happens or does not go as planned, I feel useless. I especially feel this now due to a little slow down at work. For the last several years, work has been nonstop, but now, there is a little less to work at the moment. It sure has been a daily struggle...but I continue to pray on it daily.
Do you own your own business? Is that why you are concerned about the slow down?
No...I don’t own the business, but I need to try to be as billable to clients as much as possible and not bill too much to overhead. At the moment, the billable work has lightened up some. Then again, the last 5-6 years had me very busy, so I do feel blessed for that.
Update from OneVike’s request for prayer......
I wish to thank you all for the prayers and let you know I am feeling better. I am not all the way back to being able to function properly, but I can feel the return of my strength improving, and that is usually the first sign that I will soon be OK as this round of troubles will soon pass.
I have come to the realization that this will be a reoccurring problem that I must learn to deal with, but having so many friends who will pray to intercede in my behalf is a comforting feeling, and I am humbles by all your prayers.
God bless each and everyone of you.
IMO, look at it as a respite, and keep the faith.
Thank you for your positive words...my faith is what keeps me going:)