*This study is already proving challenging for me. I have been keeping up with my reading, but not my writing and in keeping in touch with you. This started on Saturday when a storm knocked our internet out. Service wasn’t restored until today (our 1st day back to homeschooling). So, I’m going to back up to Chapter 2 and try to catch up in sharing my thoughts with you.*
Today I want to share with you the verses that meant the most to me. Something immediately stood out to me in chapter 2 and that is the 3 “ifs” mentioned in verses 1-5 (NKJ). The “ifs” in these verses show the importance of our choices. We are instructed to do our part in seeking wisdom in order to reap the wonderful, promised results.
My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
Here’s a side note in my Bible that helps us understand more about the Fear of the Lord that these verses say we will understand if we do the things He has told us to do.
“Fear of the Lord” is the foundation for wisdom, the prerequisite for obedience, and the accompaniment of love (Deut. 10:12). “Fear” in this sense indicates submissive reverence and not stark terror. To reject this awe, which inspires respectful obedience, is to determine to go your own way (Prov. 1:31) and turn away from God’s way (Is. 55:8).
The promised results of fearing Him are goodness, riches, honor and satisfaction (Ps. 31:19), a right relationship with others (Lev. 25:17), long life (Deut. 6:2), mercy (Ps. 103:17), strong confidence (Prov. 14:26), and God’s constant attention (Ps. 34:7).
I don’t know about you, but I sure want all of those promises. That is a huge reason why I try so hard to read my Bible daily and listen for God’s voice in all that I do.
Be blessed my friends!
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