*Store commands up in our hearts and apply our hearts to understanding. (v.1-2)
*Concentrate on what we are hearing – study, read the Word (search as if for treasure)
*Be prayerful when seeking understanding (v.3)
*Benefits of listening to His wisdom – victory, a shield, protection, to know the right path
*Wisdom and knowledge from God is like putting on armor to protect us.
*”Thus” – this is how (v.20)
* v.21-22 – referring to the Israelites
*I can listen to others speak or read (passive), but if I do the work, I receive more (active). God honors our seeking heart.
Fear of the Lord
Musings from Merry A.
Have you ever wished God would give us the wisest of instruction on how to live our lives? Well, He has! The book of Proverbs was written by the wisest of men, Solomon, who was inspired first and foremost by the Holy Spirit. The book is full of practical insights and guidelines for life, written in short concise sentences that convey moral truth.
One of our main desires as humans is to soak up and absorb as much knowledge as possible. We put so much emphasis on building universities, schools and institutes so that we can learn and teach about the world and about life. However, knowledge is good, but a vast difference stands between knowing the facts (knowledge) and applying these facts to our lives (wisdom). Wisdom and true knowledge starts from our “fear of the Lord.” (Proverbs 1:7).
As you read Proverbs, listen to the thoughts and lessons from the Holy Spirit and apply these truths to your life. Don’t just read proverbs; act on them!
Musings from Rachael C.
I am always drawn to the verses that talk about safety in the Lord. That is my peace.
Proverbs 1:33 “But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be at rest from fear of evil.”