Last time, we looked at the differences between foolishness and wisdom as shown in Proverbs 1-5. The contrast showed that folly leads to ruin whereas wisdom provides protection and a life well lived. Before moving forward to Chapter 6, it’s worth noting some important verses in the first 5 chapters. Some of them I grew up knowing and others I have been more recently challenged by.
Let’s start with a couple popular verses you might already know…
Trust is either something we do without thinking or something we work hard on doing. Either way it’s still a choice.
I mean, right now I’m sitting on a chair and trusting it to hold me. I didn’t inspect it. I didn’t see if one of the wooden legs was rotted. I didn’t put weights on it to gradually see if it would hold. I just sat down. I didn’t really think about it, but at the same time in choosing to sit in the chair, I chose to trust it to hold me without collapsing.
On the flip-side, there have been times when I have been hurt by others, maybe careless word or even a betrayal of trust. To get past that hurt and continue to have a relationship with that person, I need to choose to trust them again with my heart. It might take some time and removal of pride on my part, but by letting them back into my life again, I am taking steps to rebuild trust with them.
A little bit of trust in this chair, sitting partially on it, could actually hurt me in the long run by slipping off. It’s not until I sit on it fully that I am supported. The thing is too that a little bit of trust does not make a relationship whole.
A partial trust in God won’t help us live fully either. This trust means to put hope and confidence in. To be bold and secure in Him.
And Proverbs reminds us to “Trust …with ALL your heart” and to not go about with what you think is best in your limited understanding. Remembering that God see the full story from beginning to end helps me to know that His way is the best way.
I like to be in control, but I don’t have all the facts here. “Leaning on my own understanding” could actually get me to “slip” and make a mess of my life just like I could easily slip off my chair.
Speaking of control,
ahem, Sarah… this verse cut me to the core. I love learning and want to know and experience everything. Being more intellectually-driven can sure tempt me to sit upon a high horse.
Sometimes I make wise decisions. But too often I don’t.
But even when I’m right, it is never about my wisdom. True wisdom comes from God. Any wisdom, intelligence, or skill that we possess comes from Him. Yet we (pointing finger to myself here) often exhibit pride in what we have or do.
How can we view ourselves as blessing others with our wisdom when it ultimately belongs to Him. Instead we need to seek His guidance and thank Him for it.
As I’ve mentioned before, my husband is in the military, so there have been times when he needs to stand guard. When it’s his duty, he prepares himself to dress in a specific uniform and shows up early to allow time for communication in case the current watch people need to relay any important information or instructions.
Standing guard doesn’t mean he gets to kick back, relax, and wait for his shift to be over. It is so important that even as a mere recruit, my husband was required to memorize and recite the 11 General Orders of a Sentry.
This verse reminds me of that kind of guarding: protecting, maintaining, and keeping safe; to save from dangers and preserve. We are instructed to protect our hearts. In this case it is much more than a beating organ. The heart is our will, intellect, and even feelings. My heart is the innermost part of me that needs protecting from possible dangers.
Practically speaking, I need to guard against things that would negatively affect my relationship with Christ, but also my relationship with my husband or children. Even good things can become bad if they take our eyes off Christ.
Similar to a service member who dresses physically and mentally to guard, I need to do the same each day of my life. Guarding against things on TV that aren’t wholesome or situations with other men that could affect my marriage. I must look out for distractions that would take time away from my reading the Bible or even spending time with my son. There are so many ways my heart, my inner being, can be under attack without me knowing unless I am actively on guard.
These verses stuck out to me in reading Proverbs 1-5 and challenge me to mature and Anchor my faith. What verses in the first 5 chapters struck a chord with you?