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Friday, January 7, 2011

Proverbs Study: Proverbs 2 - God Chasers Wisdom and Discernement Will Keep You Safe!

1My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, 2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom; incline your heart to understanding; 3For if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; 4If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; 5Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God. 6For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.  7He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk integrity, 8Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones. 9Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; 11Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you, 12To deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things; 13From those who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness; 14Who delight in doing evil and rejoice in the perversity of evil; 15Whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways; 16To deliver you from the strange woman, from the adulteress who flatters with her words; 17That leaves the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God; 18For her house sinks down to death and her tracks lead to the dead; 19None who go to her return again, nor do they reach the paths of life. 20So you will walk in the way of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous. 21For he upright will live in the land and the blameless will remain in it; 22But the wicked will be cut off from the land and he treacherous will be uprooted from it.

There is a posture for receiving wisdom – make your ear attentive, and incline your heart.  You have to prepare yourself to receive it.  Wisdom has to be sought after – and God will reveal it.  We know how it is to seek after something.  We don’t stop until we find it.  Say you have to go somewhere, and you can’t remember where you put your keys… Do you give up, and just count them as lost?  NO!  you keep going after them, looking in places you never thought they’d be – you keep searching until you find it.

God is the only one when we don’t get the results in a few days, we back off… we don’t SAY it doesn’t work – but that’s how we act.  Because if not, we would forever be in pursuit.  That’s how you become a God chaser – its not a once a week, once every now and then, or just when you get to church kind of thing.  Consistency is the key to seeking God.  Because just like those car keys are needed to arrive at the next destination, or to not be late for an appointment- you need to find God to arrive at that next destination or to not be late for your destiny appointment.

There are times in our lives when we make decisions that “seem” good.  Business offers that “seem” as if they will work.  But clearly, God will protect those that walk in integrity – but you must chase after wisdom.  He will keep you from those “bad deals”, bad friendships, and from people that just mean you no good.  Because there was an old song that said,

“They smile in your face, all the time they wanna take your place, those backstabbers, backstabbers”… LOL – that song just popped up in my head –

But walking in wisdom will keep you from those people.  This proverb also speaks volumes to marriages and to singles.  I cannot tell you the number of women I knew that strayed from God because they got a man.  Now, TRUST  nothing is wrong with having a man in your life – but the RIGHT man makes all the difference.  The bible tells us to not be unequally yoked, and for some reason, these women were seduced by looks, sex appeal, and attention – that they forgot the God that held their future.  Same thing with men, some “skirt” walks by- and the rest is history…  Even marriages – statistics don’t do it justice.  You would be amazed at the number of people you speak to in church and wave to at work who are having serious marital problems, are in an adulterous affair.  SEEK AFTER WISDOM – and it will take care of all of that.  “Its not that simple” – but it has to be, the bible said so.

Be Blessed, and Keep the King First...

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