19 Apr How well do you know God? – 4/19/20
Proverbs 7:1-3 – “My son, keep my words and treasure my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teachings as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart”
What follows these verses is an example of the luring of sin in our lives, exemplified by the schemes of the “adulteress woman.” The purpose of this proverb/counsel is given to us in verse 5: “to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words.”
Two aspect to focus on from this proverb:
1. God, through His word, exhorts us to be watchful of the sinful schemes of this world, by keeping his counsel constant in our hearts. Note how the wisdom of the Lord is personified in verse 4: “Say to wisdom, “You are my sister”, and call insight your intimate friend,”
It is humbling and encouraging to see how close God intends for us to be to His wisdom: She is to be our sister; and we should be a very intimate friend with the depths of the knowledge of God.
The Bible calls it a matter of life or death. As a loving Father (see that the proverb is directed to a “son” in verse 1), God shows us the necessity of having intimacy with Him, to experience true life (v.2a). On the contrary, what might seem pleasurable to us but opposite to God’s design for our lives, could ultimately lead to a life of destruction for the believer (v. 23b) and death (i.e., life apart from God) for the unbeliever (v. 27).
2. The Lord, in His word, not only shows us His ways, but also shows us the ways of the evil (v. 6 – 23). God, in his love for us, doesn’t leave us in the dark in showing us how to discern his will. He also shows us how to identify the ways of the world. In His love, he gives us a path to run to and to flee from.
- Pray for your personal life as it relates to knowing God and his word. Pray that you’d grow close to wisdom (as a sister) and insight (as an intimate friend); that you’d be able to discern the will of God based on His revealed truth.
- Pray that as a church, we’d be able to encourage each other in these principles of growing in the knowledge of God.
- Pray that as a result, we’d be able to share the work of the Lord to others in hope that He, in His mercy, would reveal Himself to them.