The Purpose of Proverbs is to impart wisdom for godly living.
Solomon’s fathering advice to young people and all who seek wisdom will greatly benefit from these wise words. Discover the source of wisdom, the value of wisdom and the benefits of wisdom. Proverbs gives practical suggestions for effective living. They should call a person to action. The verses tell how you can live in close relationship to Him and offers positive advice that helps you to make good and righteous decisions. – notes of the Life Application Study Bible
PROVERBS 3 The title to this chapter is Guidance for the Young
There is a reminder of obedience in the first two verses. Keeping Gods commands. Then we are introduced to two important words…mercy and truth. What more could we want, than for God to find favor with us because we are merciful and truthful. Your thoughts and words are not enough. Your life reveals if you are truly merciful and truthful. What are your definitions of a merciful person and a truthful person?
Verses 5 & 6 are very familiar verses to us. Many can recite them word for word, but I often wonder if we also apply these scriptures to our lives. We say we trust in the Lord, but often our actions don’t show that. Because we take matters into our own hands, especially if we feel God isn’t moving fast enough or the outcome is not turning out the way we wanted. We then step in front of God to take matters into our own hands; we then show God that we don’t trust Him. Be honest, have you done that before? Do you believe that God knows you and your situations better than you do? So you should trust Him in it, correct? Think carefully through your decisions, bringing them before God in prayer, seeking out wise counsel from others and using your bible as a guide. Then follow God’s leading. Take the time to put ALL things to God, verse 6 says in ALL your ways acknowledge Him.
I actually like verses 7 & 8…”Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.” This chapter is guidance for our young people. ‘Leave’ from evil…’go away’ from evil. Doing that will be health to your flesh, you will stay healthy…you will stay alive. How simply stated is that. How simple…yet true is that verse? This is one of many reasons I believe that our children should grow up with biblical principles…because it is truth that will not steer them wrong. It will steer them to LIFE!
The Study Bible states that giving God the first part of your income demonstrates that God, not possessions, has first place in your life and that our resources belong to Him. What you have is not because of you, its because of the goodness of our Lord. Everything you have, God has granted access for you. Please remember that. Honor God with His firsts and the rest is your resource to manage properly. Don’t be greedy, be open to give so you can be blessed. Like people always say…you can’t take the money with you when you die. There are some people that God has blessed them to be givers. Are you that person?
Why do so many people dislike correction? And correction from God your Creator? God is our Father. He’s a parent. Don’t we expect correction from a parent? Without correction, how would you know what to do? Correction and discipline are very important parts of our development for both young people and adults. Because adults can still develop in areas of their lives. Correction comes into play when learning the difference between right and wrong. Discipline is very much a part of our everyday life, not just your spiritual walk. You become successful from hard work and consistent discipline. And when you choose to live a life dedicated and disciplined for God, nothing compares to the joy of knowing God.
There is so much in this chapter, but I pray that you are reading through with me…word for word. There is so much to learn. See you, next chapter.