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

God’s Word Affects: Our Walk Of Life: Proverbs 19:1-3

 1) Better [is] the poor that walketh in his integrity, than [he that is] perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
2) Also, [that] the soul [be] without knowledge, [it is] not good; and he that hasteth with [his] feet sinneth.
3) The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

Throughout this chapter we will see the terms knowledge, understanding and wisdom used repeatedly.  We have already studied the difference between these terms but as a quick review, we need to keep in mind:
1. knowledge – facts that we learn from the Word of God
2. understanding – why these facts are so and how they relate to other facts in the Word
3. wisdom – the application of the truths of the Word to our lives.

The amount of Godly knowledge we possess affects the level of spirituality in our walk of life…

EXPOSITION:

1) Better [is] the poor that walketh in his integrity, than [he that is] perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
1.  It is a better thing to be destitute and lacking in earthly possessions and possess a lifestyle that is keeping God’s Word in sincerity….
2. A person who uses deceitful speech and actions and lacks all Godly knowledge.

To live a life in submission to the will and ways of the Lord is of far greater value than any wealth this world has to offer.

“Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?  But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?”   (James 2:5-6)

 

2) Also, [that] the soul [be] without knowledge, [it is] not good; and he that hasteth with [his] feet sinneth.
1.  A lack of knowledge of the truths of the Word is not pleasing to the Lord, nor beneficial to the person.
2.  A person who hurries into a situation with being prepared with a knowledge of the Word and reflection upon the will of God for his life is living selfishly putting himself, and his desires before the desires of the Lord for his life.

“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and [in] all judgment;  That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”   (Philippians 1:9-11)

 

3) The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.
1.  a lack of knowledge will make the path of life crooked and twisted
2.  without knowledge the desires of a man will boil up and spout against the Lord

A man who lacks knowledge of God’s Word will find his life distorted as its departs from the path the Lord has given all of us in His Word.

“And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.  But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.  Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.”   (Acts 13:44-46)

“And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.  And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and [they shall be] driven to darkness.”  (Isaiah 8:21-22)

SUMMARY:

How does God’s Word affect our lives?
1.  It gives our life value and purpose.
2.  It makes our life pleasing to God and beneficial to others.
3.  It puts our life in alignment with the will of God, allowing us to accomplish His purposes for us.

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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5 Comments

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this study for my evening devotional, of the reminder of the importance of the Word of God being known, understood and applied

    • Rob Barkman says:

      The Proverbs hold so many blessings for us all. I thank the Lord for gracing us with them and opening our spiritual eyes to understand them.

  2. Where would we be without the Word?
    It is almost inconceivable that we could ever be denied access to the Word, but the ways things are going, I don’t think it is impossible. All the more reason to read, study and memorise the Word while it is freely available . . . and of course, the Word is of no effect unless we APPLY it to our living.
    Thanks again Rob.

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