A human being lives, but he is given life.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Guidance for the Young
1 My son, do not forget my law,
But let your heart keep my commands;
2 For length of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
4 And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
8 It will be health to your flesh,
And strength to your bones.
9 Honor the LORD with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
Nor detest His correction;
12 For whom the LORD loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding;
14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
And her gain than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies,
And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand,
In her left hand riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who retain her.
19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding He established the heavens;
20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes—
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
22 So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.
23 Then you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
26 For the LORD will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
28 Do not say to your neighbor,
“ Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,”
When you have it with you.
29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor,
For he dwells by you for safety’s sake.
30 Do not strive with a man without cause,
If he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy the oppressor,
And choose none of his ways;
32 For the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD,
But His secret counsel is with the upright.
33 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked,
But He blesses the home of the just.
34 Surely He scorns the scornful,
But gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise shall inherit glory,
But shame shall be the legacy of fools.
Thought of the Day
“To avoid going wrong, follow God’s leading.”
The fog was as thick as pea soup. Visibility was limited to a few feet, and the lake was as smooth as glass. The only sound to break the silence was the laughing of a loon across the lake.
I rowed for an hour around the shore, trying to catch fish in different areas, but the fish weren’t biting! So I decided to go back to my cabin for a cup of coffee. I was at the mouth of a small inlet, which I knew was directly across the lake from the cottage. So I set out across the lake on a straight course (I thought) toward the dock.
The minutes went by—and after an hour I was surprised when I arrived back at the mouth of the little stream from which I started. I had been going in a circle in the fog. I was so sure I knew where I was going, but after an hour I had gotten nowhere! If I had only taken my compass—instead of relying on my own sense of direction.
Proverbs 3:5 comes to mind: “Lean not on your own understanding.” Without the Lord as your guide through the fog of life, and His Word as your compass, you will wander aimlessly.
o be sure to make Proverbs 3:6 your lifelong motto: “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”—Mart De Haan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)
My Lord is ever with me
Along life’s busy way;
I’ll trust in Him completely
For guidance day by day. —Anon.
Personal Reflection and Discussion
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” My favorite verse to have my kids (including my Primary class kids) learn. It’s the most important verse to remember if we’re ever lost of confused. Primary class kids come right before Teens. Teenage years could be very confusing and mistakes could seem to big to handle….this is when I hope they remember to seek God and have Him direct their path, back to the good path and peace. Following God’s wisdom produces a good life..not like the world calls it, but one of peace and joy. We walk knowing where it leads; life and the source of that life, God our Father. We also know where the other path leads, we’ve all tried it…we’ve all sinned and know why we choose to trust God.
We’re to show kindness, mercy and love. Even though God’s ways usually lead us to length of days and riches and honer vrs 16 we’re also told of tough times. Times will get down right scary also vrs23-26 and vrs 29-33 but the Lord is our confidence vrs 26. Circumstances shouldn’t change us or our course; through it all we’re encouraged to show mercy and share our blessings, vrs 27-30. We do what is right, and trust God do the rest. God is our rewarder…and their’s also vrs 33-35. Through thick and thin we’ll always have God on side and He will never forsake us. He’ll hold our hand and show us kindness.
I agree, we should all allow God to lead.
I have used verse 24 so many times. Before I was diagnosed with cancer I could not sleep because I was afraid that if went to sleep I would never wake up. During treatment the doctor prescribed Adivant and I slep wonderfully for a year. I sure miss the adivant:). When I was through with treatment and had no more medication I could not sleep. Then some one told me of this verse. I claimed it that night and no longer have trouble falling asleep. Verse 28 talks about the proper way to treat your neighbor. God has told us to love our neighbors, help our neighbors, respect our neighbors and treat them the way we would like to be treated. We are to be living as Jesus would and Jesus would not tell someone to come back the next day if they truly need something. We must live with our eyes upon Jesus, for only through Him can we treat people with love, courtesy, and respect.
I understand the issues with sleeping. When I was on the Parkinson’s medication it would make me sleepy then the meds they gave me to stop that would keep me awake. Now I live without the medication and sleep knowing Christ is always watching over me.