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

 Proverbs Concerning: Our Relationship To The Lord:  Prov 3:5-8 

5) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

7) Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

8) It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

 

INTRODUCTION:

After looking at proverbs that addressed our relationship with the Word of God (vs1-4), Solomon now shares with us proverbs that will enhance our relationship with the Lord…

EXPOSITION:

5) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
1.  Sincere, absolute reliance upon the Lord and His directions.
2.  Not leaning upon human discernment for guidance.
3.  In every area of life recognize His authority and His desires.
4.  He will graciously reveal the route which is to be traveled.
Depending upon the Lord’s will for life instead of fleshly reasoning, along with active submission to His will, facilitates His leadership for life.

Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3)
O LORD, I know that the way of man [is] not in himself: [it is] not in man that walketh to direct his steps.  (Jeremiah 10:23)
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”  (Psalms 32:8)

7) Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
1.  Recognize the inability for self-guidance.
2.  Acknowledge His authority, ability, sinlessness and chastening hand.
3.  Lay aside wickedness.
Recognizing our helplessness and His absolute control and holiness should motivate us to put off sin.

Woe unto [them that are] wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”  (Isaiah 5:21)
Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.What man [is he that] desireth life, [and] loveth [many] days, that he may see good?  Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.  Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.”  (Psalms 34:11-14)

8) It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
The results of keeping the above (vs 5-7) instructions…
1.  the person is made spiritually whole
2.  food for growth is supplied to his being
By doing all these things (vs 5-7) spiritual health and nourishment are attained.

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. (Psalms 147:3)

SUMMARY:

On of the great keys to having a close relationship with the Lord is recognizing who He is and who we are.  When we come to an understanding of His importance and our insignificance; His authority and our subordination; His capabilities and our inability, His wisdom and our foolishness, it is only then that we can begin to have a Scriptural, vibrant relationship with Almighty God.

May we all seek the Lord’s enabling grace to have a healthy, growing relationship with Him.

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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8 Comments

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    These verses are essentially antithetical to the spirit of our age that emphasize me first…thanks for this devotion to remind us that we ought not to lean on our own understanding but the Lord’s instead

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  3. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    The Book of Judges ends with these words.

    Judges 21:25 King James Version (KJV)
    In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

    Here is how John Wesley remarked on that verse.
    Right in his own eyes — What wonder was it then, if all wickedness overflowed the land? Blessed be God for magistracy! (from http://www.christnotes.org/commentary.php?com=wes&b=7&c=21)

    Nonetheless, that cryptic remark did not seem to be sufficient. Therefore, in a latter era King Solomon address the same issue in the Book of Proverbs.

  4. Debbie says:

    This time I was encouraged to think about trusting Him . .more than I do. How much of what I do is me depending on me? Thank you for helping us grow and God bless you!

  5. These verses in Proverbs were usually the ones I quoted when writing on cards, in Bibles etc for the young people in my group. I’m sure everyone I taught knew these verses by heart and I still pray that Holy Spirit brings them back to memory over and over again.

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