Monday, November 26, 2012

Proverbs 2:6-11 We Ask, God Answers!

I’ve been enjoying having the week of Thanksgiving off, but it is back to work this morning! I wanted to let you know that my husband, Don, had the mole removed and the pathology report showed that the mole, though still a surface (and not nodular) type, was deeper than they originally thought, but still in the margin of surface. They are sending the results to the cancer committee that meets at the hospital this Friday to decide whether or not anything further needs to be done (most likely not, since they seem to have removed all of it with good margins). So, we are thanking God for early detection! I’ll let you know what the final word is after Friday.

When we last looked at this chapter of Proverbs, we saw that when we diligently seek after God’s wisdom, we will find it. In today’s verses we look at the God who promises us understanding/wisdom and why we should desire this gift:

For the Lord gives wisdom,
    and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  
He holds victory 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. 

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 2:6-11)

Look at how God desires to protect us! He promises us victory. He is our shield, and He guards our way. His goal is to preserve us and keep us safely in His will. This is why He freely gives wisdom to all who ask and believe (James 1:5). He WANTS us to have wisdom! We know, then, that when we ask for it, He will deliver!

And the payoff? Wisdom, knowledge, discretion, and understanding will keep us on the right path. We will be protected from the assaults of the world, because we will KNOW God’s ways and His will. 

God longs for us to have wisdom, but He waits for us to ask, seek, and knock (Matthew 7:7-8). He wants us to be persistent in seeking wisdom - not because He wants us to beg, but because He knows that the continual act of asking, seeking, and knocking builds our desire and our appreciation for the gift.

My goal in turning to the Proverbs is to garner as much wisdom as I can, because the older I get, the more I realize how very much I need it! Thanks for coming along, because I need the company to encourage me to keep on keepin’ on!  

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