I love the Proverbs in the Bible. Awhile back a former paster of our’s had pointed out that there were 31 chapters to match the 31 days of the month. He recommended reading one each day, the one that corresponded with the day of the month. While I’ve done this off and on for years, I wasn’t currently when I came upon Proverbs again on my path to reading through the Old Testament another time. And I’m so glad I did. They are filled with wisdom and encouragement.
Today, I wanted to share an excerpt from Proverbs 3 that I find so encouraging.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him,
and 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.” Verses 5-8 ESV
I love the promise at the end. Did you catch it?
God says if we follow His wisdom (not our own), fear Him (giving Him the proper respect) and turn away from evil (stop doing what we know is wrong), then it will be healing to our flesh and refreshment to our bones.
In a lot of ways my wisdom looked like this, “I don’t need to worry about my health, I’m not as fat as him” and “It’s fine, at least I don’t look as bad as her” Or “I deserve this, I work harder than them.” In my denial, I was looking around at others to justify my thoughts and my behaviors. But God calls me to look to His wisdom (found in God’s Word) and to live it out.
And once again His Word rings true, I have experienced healing from illness and refreshment to my bones to the point that I’ve now started playing sports again after turning 40. His promise is true and He does keep it. What does your wisdom look like? Does it match God’s?
Please like, share and comment below. I’d love to hear any wisdom you’ve found to be helpful in your journey. Thanks and have a good one!