Digging into Proverbs 4 this morning led me to a beautiful reminder of our inheritance through Christ. The chapter is written to encourage those, especially in their youth, to seek and value wisdom and insight.
I LOVE proverbs because I love having things laid out for me in black or white. “Do this, get that; don’t do that, get this…” and so on. Really, God couldn’t have made it any easier for us to understand how to navigate this dark world, by walking on the lighted path. The instructions in Proverbs 4 are clear AND if you allow the Grace of Jesus to transform you with their instruction… you will get to wear a graceful and beautiful crown! I ❤️crowns! They remind me of “to Whom I belong.”
Read Proverbs 4. Underline the instruction and circle the promise, good and bad. If you meditate on them, you will be clearly guided on a well lit path that gets brighter as you journey on. That’s how it works!
1 Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction,
and be attentive, that you may gain insight,
2 for I give you good precepts;
do not forsake my teaching.
3 When I was a son with my father,
tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,
4 he taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom; get insight;
do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
6 Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
love her, and she will guard you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
and whatever you get, get insight.
8 Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
she will honor you if you embrace her.
9 She will place on your head a graceful garland;
she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”
10 Hear, my son, and accept my words,
that the years of your life may be many.
11 I have taught you the way of wisdom;
I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
12 When you walk, your step will not be hampered,
and if you run, you will not stumble.
13 Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;
guard her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
and do not walk in the way of the evil.
15 Avoid it; do not go on it;
turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;
they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
19 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know over what they stumble.
20 My son, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Let them not escape from your sight;
keep them within your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them,
and healing to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
24 Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet;
then all your ways will be sure.
27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn your foot away from evil.
Proverbs Chapter 4 ESV
“Get WISDOM. Get INSIGHT. Get MILK. Get ONIONS Get DISH SOAP. Get it? God gives us a direct order to put on our list 2 essential ingredients in order to create a live that reflects Him. However if you can only bring home (find on the ever changing shelves of the grocery store) one ingredient… he says in verse 7: “Whatever you get, get INSIGHT.” He’s not diminishing the value of wisdom here. Wisdom is a virtue. Insight is a gift. Insight is evidence really of having the Holy Spirit dwell in you. He says to go get INSIGHT, whatever you do! (My emphasis) Why? Because if you have the Holy Spirit, you will begin to have the insight, instinct, intuition, to know where in the heck to get the harder to find WISDOM. The Holy Spirit knows no other way than to guide you to the light where wisdom will be easier to find.
How do you get the Holy Spirit? Seek. Pray. Believe. Receive. Start with a good study on the Holy Spirit. I LOVE this one by George and Harriet Gillies: A Scriptural Outline of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
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Peace and blessings unto you and May His JOY bubble forth from your face,
Jana Kaye Kuhnert, Author & Speaker
Co-Founder & ED