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Proverbs: Walking in Wisdom

Nov 17, 2019 | Randy Gunter

Walking with Wisdom & Blessings

Walking with Wisdom & Blessings
Proverbs 3:1-12

Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the central messages of the Bible—hope for today and for eternity is not in ourselves; our hope is in the Lord. 

To be blessed in this life and in the life to come, we must trust in the Lord.

Like the other gospel-centered books of the Bible, Solomon instructs his son to allow his heart to be transformed by God and his word. 

Solomon’s appeal to his son was to let God’s instruction and wisdom work within his heart, so that he would be filled with obedience, steadfast love, and faithfulness (covenantal language). See Exodus 6:7a; 19:5, 8; 20:6.

 God’s covenant relationship with Israel required obedience, love, and faithfulness.

Today, we are not called to obey the Law of Moses; that law has been fulfilled in Christ.  We are called to obey Christ and his law, which is two-fold: To love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength (Matthew 22:36-40) and to love others in the same manner in which Jesus loved us (John 13:34).  

In the covenant of Christ Jesus, he claims us as a people for his own possessions (1 Peter 2:9), and the Bible ends with a glorious promise that he will dwell with us, and we will be his people, and God himself will be with us as our God (Revelation 21:3).  We respond in faith, “We surrender to you, Lord, transform our hearts so we may be obedient to the law of Christ and walk in the way of Christ.”

In the covenant God established with Israel, he and the people have obligations.  That same pattern is repeated in today’s passage in Proverbs 3.  If you look back at verses 1-12, you’ll notice that the odd verses (1,3,5,7, and so forth) are obligations of the son and all of the even verses are obligations of the Lord.

Son’s obligations

God’s obligations

Do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments

For length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you

 

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart

So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man

 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him

He will make straight your paths

 

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil

It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones

 

Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce

Then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine

 

My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof

For the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights


God blesses the wise and obedient in good measure today and in perfect fullness for eternity.

Having commands and laws written on our hearts requires something greater than our determination and willpower.  It requires the transformative work of God within us.

God gives people new hearts by the transforming work of the Holy Spirit.  In Christ, we die to our old sinful nature and we are resurrected with a new nature, one that is empowered to walk in the way of Christ’s holiness and righteousness.

The good news of the gospel is that the heart of Christ Jesus is perfect in every way.  He is the king spoken about in Proverbs whose steadfast love and faithfulness is faultless, and he represents and transforms people who place their faith and trust in him.

Series Information

The Book of Proverbs, like all others in the Bible, points to Jesus and calls to the reader to know Jesus, to walk with him, and to be in a relationship with him.

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