Day 3 - 31 DAYS OF PROVERBS!
Read Proverbs 3
The verses that spoke to me:
"My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying." (Proverbs 3:1-2 NLT)
Never forget God's commands
Taught by God
The importance of storing God's commands in my heart
Jesus showed us clearly how powerful and important knowing God's Word is in Matthew 4. Not only did He defeat the devil's challenges with, "It is written," He also challenged the devil when he used the Word out of context. (vs. 5-7) Remember, for deception to work there must be an element of truth. This is why it's so important to know the Word of God.
God's Word is the key to living a long and satisfying life. The promise of a satisfying life really got my attention.
Satisfying - Giving content; feeding or supplying to the full extent of desire; convincing; paying (Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary)
The New King James Version says:
"My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you." (Proverbs 3:1-2 NKJV)
God's Word brings peace to our lives.
Peace - shâlôwm, safe, i.e. (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, i.e. health, prosperity, peace:—× do, familiar, × fare, favour, friend, × great, (good) health, (× perfect, such as be at) peace(-able, -ably), prosper(-ity, -ous), rest, safe(-ty), salute, welfare, (× all is, be) well, × wholly (Strong's H7965)
Outline of Biblical Usage of Peace from Strong's H7965:
completeness, soundness, welfare, peace
completeness (in number)
safety, soundness (in body)
welfare, health, prosperity
peace, quiet, tranquility, contentment
of human relationships
with God especially in covenant relationship
peace (from war)
peace (as adjective)
Who doesn't want a satisfying and peaceful life? This doesn't mean we won't have challenges because Jesus said we will:
"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]" (John 16:33 AMPC)
Yet, in telling us we would have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration, He also showed us we can have perfect peace and confidence in Him while going through these challenges because He has overcome the world! He deprived it of power to harm us and has conquered it for us.
In order to live a life of peace and satisfaction we must make room for His Word.
"This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success." (Joshua 1:8 AMPC)
Meditate on God's Word day and night
Observe and do what it says
You will make your way prosperous
Have good success!
Lord, I meditate on Your Word to obey it. I will never forget the things You have taught me. I am storing them in my heart so I can live a long and satisfying life that honors You. Thank you for making my way prosperous and giving me good success. In this Abba, let Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven through my interactions with others. All I need is found in You! I give all glory to you.
Share in the comments what verse spoke to you and why. Let's grow in wisdom together.
Be Encouraged! ❤