Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wise Words About the Word

READ Proverbs 1-2

Proverbs 2 begins by telling us the value of God’s Word and how we should approach it. We should submit (“receive”) ourselves to the Word and love (“treasure”) the Word (2:1). We should study (“attentive,” “inclining,” “seek” and “search”) the Word (2:2, 4). And as we do, we should pray (“call out” and “raise your voice”) for God’s help (2:3).

But what is the blessing of all this? How does Solomon say that we benefit from this approach to the Word? He lists a few things in this chapter. First, “then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” (2:5ff) Second, “then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path” (2:9ff). Next, “so you will be delivered form the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words” (2:16ff). Finally, “So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous” (2:20ff).

Fairly simple isn’t it? Why should you and I be devotees of the Word of God? Because it will help us to truly know him and his ways. And we will grow in our understanding of the right ways to live and deal with others. Also, it will protect us from sin, especially the lure of immorality (adultery, porn, etc.). Then it will help us to live a life that is pleasing to God. So learn from King Solomon. Be a student of the Word.

Prayer: Father, help us to love your Word because of our love for you. Help us to treasure it and study it and, most of all, to live it every day by your grace.

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