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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

The Benefits Of Possessing Wisdom – Equips For Faithful Service:  

Prov 2:20-22 

20) That thou mayest walk in the way of good [men], and keep the paths of the righteous.

21) For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

22) But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

INTRODUCTION:

As we close this chapter of Solomon’s teaching (vs 20-22), he gets to the “bottom line” of all he has said so far.  Wisdom enables us to come to Christ for salvation and then to serve our Lord faithfully while gaining eternity with Him.  These are the ultimate and undeniable blessings that God’s wisdom brings to all who possess it….

EXPOSITION:

20) That thou mayest walk in the way of good [men], and keep the paths of the righteous.
The blessings of wisdom include:

1.  Our lifestyle will follow that of upright, helpful men. (Salvation and faithful service to the Lord.)
2.  Our motive will be to protect the way of truth. (Spreading the gospel and promoting holy lifestyles.)
The blessings of wisdom affect our life of service on earth.

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.”  (3 John 1:11)

21) For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

3.  The upright (those who keep God’s laws) will be the exclusive inhabitants of the New Earth
4.  The perfect (those who are forgiven and justified) will dwell there eternally.
The blessings of wisdom will affect our eternal existance.

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:12)

22) But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
In comparison, those who have rejected wisdom:

1.  The wicked (unlawful, ungodly) will be separated from the New Earth.
2.  The transgressors (deceitful, veiled) will be taken forcibly from God’s presence in eternity.
The rejection of wisdom holds eternal consequences as well.

Mark the perfect [man], and behold the upright: for the end of [that] man [is] peace.  But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. (Psalms 37:37-38)

SUMMARY:

May we always keep our mind on the goal for which we are living…. to glorify God in our lives, sharing Him with others through our lifestyle, words, and our actions.  The apprehension and application of wisdom is a key factor to the successful completion of our goal.

As we look back at the entire chapter we can see that Solomon has, once again, made a very strong case for the need to obtain the wisdom of Almighty God…

1. The Need To Properly Value the Wisdom Of God (1-4)
2.  The Result of Wisdom In Our Life:  The Blessings Of God (5-9)
3.  The Result of Wisdom In Our Life:  Safety From Worldy Influences: (10-19)
—–A.  The Influence Of Wickedness (10-15)
—–B.  The Influence Of Temptations (16-19)
4.  The Result of Wisdom In Our Life: Successful Service For Christ (20-22)

Without Godly wisdom our service to the Lord suffers, we are left open to the many sinful influences of the world as we attempt to serve Him of our own human wisdom.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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4 Comments

  1. bigapple0208 says:

    I really think the key to the wisdom and knowlege of God is praying and asking for it! Proverbs is full of verses on the subject. Awesome blog! Really enjoyed it. God bless you!

  2. Debbie says:

    Loved this one, Pastor Rob . ..for who doesn’t want to serve faithfully .. .and who can without His wisdom? Thank you and God bless you and yours!

  3. We need to include prayer for Godly wisdom every day.
    The value of Godly wisdom cannot be overstated. It affects our daily lives, our walk with our Lord, our witness to others, our relationships, and our Christian service.

    Thanks again. I’m looking forward to more.

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