03 May A Proverbs A Day // Proverbs 3
The 3rd // Proverbs 3
… do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life and bring you peace and prosperity.” –Proverbs 3:1
The third chapter in the book of Proverbs tells us about all the good that can come from having wisdom and seeking after God. This chapter, while also a part of the prologue, is the beginning of the “advice collumn” or so you couldn’t call it. Solomon begins sharing words of advice, followed by the physical benefits of following it. Remember those crooked paths he spoke about in chapter 2? He tells us that God will straighten the paths of those who trust in Him.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding’ in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” –Proverbs 3:5-6
The thing about this chapter and this verse, in particular, that truly spoke to me and convicted me today was the concept of humility. Over and over, Solomon mentions that we are not to consider ourselves and our plans and ideas as wise, but instead turn to God and follow His ways. He tells us to “lean not on our own understanding” [3:5] and to “not be wise in our own eyes” [3:7]. This is hard for me, especially as a mom. I have a very hard time giving up that control, which leads to things like fear, anxiety and worry. Solomon addresses those issues, too. In verses 24-26, we are told that when we trust in God’s will and follow His commands, we will not need to “fear sudden disaster” [3:25] and that “when we lie down, our sleep will be sweet.” [3:24] So often I lie awake at night trying to think of how I can best tackle a situation. I lie there and toss and turn all night… My sleep on those nights isn’t very sweet, but God’s promise is that when we trust in the LORD, follow His commands, seek after Him and give Him our burdens, our sleep will be sweet and “when we lie down, we will not be afraid.” [3:24]
He tells us that if we are generous with our money, He will bless us financially. [3:9-10]
He tells us that if we are humble and shun evil, He will bring health to our bodies. [3:7-8]
He tells us that if we live a life full of love and faithfulness, we will win good favor with BOTH God and man. [3:3-5]
He tells us that He disciplines and loves us as a father loves and disciplines his children and that if we are wise, we will understand that God always has something special for us to learn. [3:11-12]
He tells us that the wise woman, the woman who seeks after God and puts His commands first, will be a blessing to others. [3:18]
While the Bible is clear that living a Godly life does not exempt you from hardships or troubles, those who trust in Him and seek His ways will be blessed and will find rest in His promises.
Chapter 3 Application:
Today, I’m going to pray that I humble myself and remember that I don’t always know the answer. I pray that I remember to give my burdens to Him and seek His ways. I pray that I can die to myself more and more each day and learn to put my full faith in God’s will. For me, it’s always easier said than done. I KNOW that God has plans to prosper and not to harm me. I KNOW that He will protect me and that His will is always what’s best. I know that I need to give my anxieties to Him and trust in His ways, but in the moment, it’s hard to give up the control. I pray that I remember that the wise thing to do is also the Godly thing to do and that by following that rule, the control will easily shift into the hands of the loving creator who will straighten my paths and make my sleep sweet.
God says that women who remember this are “more precious than rubies” [3:22]. I think I’ll wear red today to remember that.