Keep your eyes straight. Speak well. Seek truth. These are lessons we see multiple times in Proverbs, as well as holding close to our Father’s words. I know not all scripture is talking about God directly, but it is clear, these same truths apply to being a Christian and having a walk with Jesus.
Today’s Reading: Proverbs 4
This chapter is heavy in receiving instruction and keeping it. It very much reflects taking up God’s counsel and His truth. To hold close to it.
We need to desire wisdom and understanding, yet, not only desire, but put forth action in requiring it. As scripture says give attention to know (v. 1). Since we are given a good doctrine, we should not forsake it.
(v.4) “Let your heart retain my words; keep my commands, and live.” (NKJ)
Again, like earlier chapters, we are told to obtain understanding and wisdom, to not turn away from counsel because this truth will preserve us. Preserve is another word for shield.
Giving honor to understanding can help encourage us as well as move us further in life. Scripture says honoring understanding places a crown of grace on our head, as well as glory.
“When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble. Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; keep her, for she is your life.” Verse 12-13 (NKJ)
We are then warned to stay away from the path of the wicked. If we should find ourselves on it, turn away from it because the wicked do not sleep unless they do evil. Their path is darkness and because of this darkness they do not understand why the stumble. However, the path of the just is like the sun. (This indicates if we do stumble, we will absolutely be shown why.)
From our heart comes the issues of life. We are instructed to keep the words of our Father, as these words are life and health. To not speak deceitfully or with perverse lips. To keep our eyes straight, and not wander. That we consider the path we walk and keep from evil.
- Listen to instruction (5 times we are told)
- Seek out understanding (3 times we are told)
- Seek out wisdom (2 times we are told)
- Obeying means long life (4 times we are told)
- Depart from wicked ways (6 times)
- Keeping our Father’s word in our hearts (3 times)
What To Take Away: Something I find so powerful in scripture, especially in Psalms, is the number of times I see scripture about God keeping our paths straight, and helping us not fall. Holding our ankles so we won’t stumble. I was excited to see another scripture like that in Proverbs, today.
God likes to get our attention in many ways. If we feel like we keep seeing the same messages or scriptures over and over again, I’d advise to really consider what those messages or scriptures are saying.
Constantly having the same theme in our lives often is a way that the Lord teaches us. I know since Thursday when I worked on talking about taking territory back from Satan, Post | Taking Territory Back From Satan | Denying Flesh & True Repentance, I keep seeing direction in how to talk bout the armor of God (this week’s post). Let me tell you, it’s always powerful when you see God showing you and guiding you through these lessons.
It’s clear He wants us to understand and He wants us to be wise. We need Jesus in order to grow. In order to have eyes that see what path we are on and ears that hear what we are really listening to, we need Christ.
If we seek Him, then we will find Him.
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