PROVERBS DAY #3: WHAT ROAD WILL YOU TAKE?
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn your back on evil. Then you will gain renewed health and vitality. Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with the finest wine.” (Prov. 3:5-10).
In his introduction to Proverbs in The Message Bible, Eugene Peterson writes: “Wisdom has to do with becoming skillful in honoring our parents and raising our children, handling our money and conducting our sexual lives, going to work and exercising leadership, using words well and treating friends kindly, eating and drinking healthily, cultivating emotions within ourselves, and attitudes towards others that makes for peace. Threaded through all these items is the insistence that the way we think of and respond to God is the most practical thing we can do. In matters of everyday practicality, nothing, absolutely nothing, takes precedence over God. Proverbs concentrates on these concerns more than any other book of the Bible.”
The above Scripture gives us an underlying motivation for obeying the Proverbs. When we choose to order our lives according to God’s wisdom, we are trusting Him with all of our hearts, and not depending on our own understanding. Every day, we can choose to seek God’s will or our own will. When we seek God’s will, we have the promise that He will direct our paths in ways that lead to peace and prosperity. The Book of Proverbs tells us about how every day we can choose wisdom or foolishness, righteousness or wickedness. And it also tells us that when we choose God’s righteous wisdom, we are blessed.
When I was in high school, I read a poem by an American poet named Robert Frost, which I think is a great visual picture of choosing God’s wisdom:
The Road Not Taken:
I shall be telling this with a sigh, Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Doesn’t that sound like the contrast Solomon describes here? “Wicked people are an abomination to the LORD, but he offers his friendship to the godly. The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but his blessing is on the home of the upright. The LORD mocks at mockers, but he shows favor to the humble. The wise inherit honor, but fools are put to shame!” (Prov. 3:32-35). Choose the road less travelled – the way of righteousness – even though few do.
TODAY’S READING: PROVERBS CHAPTER THREE.
Pastor Chris Jordan