Scriptures

Proverbs 2

Introduction

Back in Proverbs 1:7, Solomon reminded us that, ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.’ Notice what he says concerning fear of the Lord.

Moral Benefits Of Wisdom

‘My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.’ Proverbs 2:1-5

Do you notice anything important in these verses about how we understand what it means to fear the Lord and get knowledge of God? They are all action words! So many times, people say something is free and they you don’t have to do anything to get it.

There’s nothing free in this world and if people understood that, then a lot of people wouldn’t be in debt to loan sharks and banks. To understand what it means to fear the Lord and get knowledge, we have to do something.

Have you ever had a letter saying you’ve won this or that and you say great BUT then you realise you have to do something else to get whatever you’ve one? It’s the same with salvation, we can’t just believe in God, we need to do something to receive that salvation, we need to be baptised, Mark 16:16 / Acts 2:38, and stay faithful to the Lord all your life, Revelation 2:10.

God gives us everything we need to stay faithful and live holy lives, but sometimes we need to ask for it first before we can enjoy the benefits of being a child of God.

‘For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.’ Proverbs 2:6-8

What does the text say that God does for us? He gives wisdom, knowledge and understanding. He holds the victory for us. He shields and guards and protects those who are faithful. It’s all down to God, He offers things and all we can do is just accept it, Ephesians 2:8-9.

It’s all down to God, He gives us everything, there’s nothing smart about mankind, it’s God who does the giving. And when we finally understand that it is God who gives everything and it is God is at the centre of the universe, then what will happen?

‘Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.’ Proverbs 2:9-11

Wisdom guides our life and helps us make the right decisions in life and when we get a taste of knowledge from God’s Word, we will want more because it tastes good because we realise its good for us. The more we learn, the more we understand what kind of life God wants us to live and from that comes protection and understanding.

Then wisdom says that it will save us from wicked people, and the reason it can save us from these people is because it describes what these people are like.

‘Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.’ Proverbs 2:12-15

Notice that these people are going away from God with their actions. This is in total contrast to what we read a moment ago in Proverbs 2:1-5, remember the action words! They are headed in the opposite direction to which we are trying to head for.

That’s why the world will never be one. We’re trying to do the will of God and these other people are doing their own will. That’s why there won’t be any conflicts when Christ comes back to take us home. On the earth there are billions of wills but in heaven there is only one will and that’s the will of God, Matthew 6:9-10.

Solomon continues and tells us that wisdom will save us from something or someone else.

‘Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words, who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God. Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead. None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.’ Proverbs 2:16-19

What does the writer mean when he talks about being saved from the adulteress? Is she someone specific or a general term for those who turn from God? Ezekiel 6:9 / Ezekiel 16:32 / Matthew 16:1-4.

Israel was called an adulterous nation many times by God because they were married to God but gave themselves over to other nations and worshipped idols. Instead of being pure and holy they, slept around with other so-called gods.

And that’s because adulteresses are just like the world, they seduce you and trick you into thinking that they have got something better to offer you. Something better your wife or husband could ever offer you. Or in this case something better than God could ever offer you. How wrong the world is because as we have already seen, God gives us everything we need, 2 Peter 1:3-4.

And wisdom ends by saying what she has been saying since the beginning of time, if you listen you will live if you don’t then disaster will come.

‘Thus, you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.’ Proverbs 2:20-22

If we listen and do what wisdom says then we will continue to share in the blessings we receive from God, but if we continue to stray off the path deliberately, we will lose our place in heaven and lose all our privileges.

‘Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.’ Romans 11:22

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Matthew 11:28

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