Day 19: Proverbs 19: 8, 20, 23
Whoever gets sense loves his own soul;
he who keeps understanding will discover good.
Listen to advice and accept instruction,
that you may gain wisdom in the future.
The fear of the Lord leads to life,
and whoever has it rests satisfied;
- Our heart and wisdom are equated. God is concerned that our heart-wisdom keeps growing.
- The more understanding we have, the more our life path is evident
- We are to be involved in life. We are to take, listen to, and accept the discipline that comes our way throughout our days.
- Our peace and security depend on our fear and reverence of God. This is a path of life leading to a safe and serene sleep (resting in the Lord).
God is so good revealing ways to a peaceful and productive life. Wisdom and understanding are to be sought after in study, in the hearing of the Word, and through the examples of other Christians. We should be open to the counsel of others and the discipline (correction) that comes our way. - 1 Cor. 12:7 - It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons . . .
A peaceful life comes from the fear of God, revering, and worshipping Him. In this we find security and peace.
Being a believer in Christ Jesus is an active pursuit. These verses ask us to grow, keep, get, take, accept, live, listen, and revere. Each verse is a separate strand strong in itself: Wisdom, discipline, fear of God. Yet when woven together they become a stronger, beautiful braid of life.
Eccl. 4: 12b A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart. - This verse refers to people joining together and supporting each other, but I think it can refer to the many strands that make up a mature Christian life. As each strand grows, our entire life is affected. So seek wisdom; accept correction; and love and fear our Lord.
Divine Teacher, show us your way through this Lenten season. Shine your light so that we may obtain Your wisdom. We know You only have our best at heart, so help us to take correction to keep us on Your path. Send Your Spirit to help us love you more and more worshipping in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen
- Sharon Ritze