Proverbs 9 8-9-20

Proverbs is designed to be an encouragement. Are you being encouraged by reading the chapter and THEN my post?

9 Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

The Proverbs Club began about 12 years ago with six guys who committed to read a chapter of Proverbs a day (there are 31 chapters in a month, so the chapter we read corresponds with the day of the month). I sent them a small, encouraging text each morning to remind them to read. When I learned about WordPress, I began to write a Proverbs message and then send it out to them as I do now. That was over 10 years ago.

The question is: As a member of the Proverbs Club, do you take time each day to read the chapter and ask the LORD to apply some aspect of it to your life? If you take time to go to my post, then I consider that gravy! The chapter comes first. My thoughts may be based upon the Word of God, but the Word of God ALWAYS trumps human thoughts.

For instance, take today’s chapter. It is about foundations and our need to seek Him in His Word daily. Taking the easy way out always ends in trouble. Let’s look:

1 Wisdom has built her house;
    she has set up its seven pillars.

The Word of God calls us to build on a firm foundation. JESUS AND HIS COMMANDS are our firm foundation (Matthew 7:24-27). By the way, when Scripture addresses are in red, there is a link to that passage in BibleGateway.com.

I add my own commentary: I consider the seven pillars to be the seven admonitions of Proverbs 1, which are wisdom, knowledge, insight, understanding, discernment, prudence, and discretion (verses 2-6).

The promise in this chapter is that we will be wise and that our wisdom will reward us (v12).

There is also one of the most revealing insights into human behavior I know:

“Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!” Verse 17

There is a thrill to sin, to being our own boss and calling our own shots, to being the master of our own ship. That’s the up side. The down side is the next verse:

But little do they know that the [spiritually] dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead. 

In other words, IT’S A TRAP! There are no shortcuts to godliness. It takes hard work and repetition, which requires TIME. We tend to be impatient with ourselves. God is not. He understands that it’s a lifelong process and that we will not really get it completely right until we step across the threshold into His kingdom and are glorified. So, let’s relax and be “completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2). Let us “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). Let us keep the faith according to God’s Word.

Abba, I KNOW that if I focus on You, worshiping You and spending every waking moment aware of Your presence, talking to You even as You prompt my heart, then I will live righteously simply because I am obedient to Your Spirit. You will NEVER lead me into sin, but will save me from it–or lead me out of it. LORD, David said it best, “Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My heart and my flesh fail, but You are the strength of my heart and my portion [my everything, all I need] forever” Psalm 73:23-24. May we worship You in spirit and in truth today. Amen.

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