Proverbs 4 8-4-18

We are most at peace when our hearts are in contrast with the chaos in our world and we are right with Him.

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

Our peace is to be internal no matter what goes on outside our minds and hearts. In fact, hard times come because of:

  • The sinful condition of this world,
  • Bad decisions made by us,
  • And the consequences of other people’s bad choices.

Jesus uses every situation to make us more like Him. Let’s look at some passages:

Hebrews 12:5-8 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, [6] because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” [7] Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? [8] If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.

The writer goes on to say,

[11] No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (A favorite verse of mine!)

King Agur knew the wisdom of inner peace and the dangers of worldly wealth:

Proverbs 30:7-9 Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: [8] Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. [9] Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.

In fact, Jesus said to ask for only today’s bread:

Matthew 6:11 Give us today our daily bread. (Part of the Model Prayer).

We receive our daily bread when we walk with Jesus. Here is what walking with Him looks like:

Proverbs 4:18 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day [revealing more and more sin with which to deal, but giving more and more grace, love, joy, hope, and peace even as He recreates Himself-His character and attributes-in us!].

Again, our goal cannot be contentment in this world, but rather to be right with Jesus. He gives us this promise:

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

As we go through today, let’s focus on Him and the peace He’s given us (John 14:27). Hanging with Him helps us enjoy His peace!

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