Proverbs 15 5-15-19

Let’s face it: We never get out of the nursery spiritually. We can’t control our passions or conquer temptation. Yet, God adores us!

I love this chapter. It is chocked full of great verses. Let’s look at some:

3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere–keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

11 Death and Destruction lie open before the Lord–how much more the hearts of men!

Let’s pair these verses with 2 Chronicles 16:9a.

9 For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth [looking] to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

God isn’t looking to destroy us, but to strengthen us! WOW! That’s huge. Jesus came so that in Him we would be set free:

31 “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

We know that the Truth is Jesus Himself (John 14 :6). If we know Jesus and walk with Him, using our relationship with Him to view Proverbs 15, several verses come into focus:

6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure [knowing the Lord]…

7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge [of knowing Him]…

8…the prayer of the upright pleases Him [intimate fellowship].

9 …He [God] loves those who pursue righteousness [our relationship with Him].

14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge [more of Jesus]…

There are more verses that apply, but we get the gist. God is interested in being involved in our lives. He wants to include us in what He is doing. Can we let go of our own desires and cultivate His desire to know Him more intimately? His Spirit within us calls us to join Him every moment of every day. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 27:8, which says,

8 My heart [His Spirit] says of you, “Seek His face!Your face, Lord, I will seek.

There is one more verse I want us to consider:

24 The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.

The more often we answer His call to seek His face, the more upward He leads us. When we ignore Him, we cannot stay neutral; we slip backwards, much like canoeing upstream: as soon as we stop paddling, we float back downstream–blind and out of control! When we are not facing Him, everything looks different. Satan’s decoys begin to look like reality. WE NEED HIM! Let’s seek His face all day today.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders [tries to get us to look away from Him] and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter [beginner and ender] of our faith…

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