6/20/2018 0 Comments
“It is common for a man to hate those whom they have injured.”
“Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in, the knowledge of the same.”
Proverbs Chapter 2
Like 'the Good Father', which He is, let us now study and gain insight from Proverbs Chapter 2. Again, like Proverbs Chapter 1, posted June 10, 13, 2018, I shall also post Proverbs Chapter 2 in two posts, June 17-20, 2018.
On our first post [June 17, 2018] we looked at the first eight verses from Proverbs Chapter 2. We were careful to notice several 'conditional' statements in the verses. [1-2; 3; 4]. 'Then', we see the 'result', when the conditions are met, found in verse 5. The LORD expanded the 'provisions' in verses 6-8. It is no mystery, what God says. These are 'pearls of great value'. God will reveal to us, what we are able to 'accept' at any time. Then, He will add to the information, when He knows we can hear it, and will obey it. There are NO INCONSISTENCIES, NOR CONTRADICTIONS - WITH GOD. When we think like that, we are failing to realize that He and Only He knows what, when, and how, for He and He only, 'knows the heart'. [See all the previously posted scriptural references on Post 5, June 17, 2018]
Yes, that is right. We do not even know our own heart, let alone the hearts of others. [Jeremiah and the 'deceitful heart, Chapter 17:9]
Now, through the remainder of Proverbs Chapter 2, God even gives the 'benefits' of taking 'heed' to Him and His ways. Consider the 'advantages' and 'benefits', to wit:
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
Why is all this - important? So that you are protected from:
12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked, and they are froward in their paths:
16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
And by avoiding the 'deadly', you:
20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
[The ultimate confirmation is found at Revelation 21-22]
Again, the 'choice' of surrendering and submitting to 'the will of God', that you perish not, [2 Peter 3:9] or, to stay on the 'broad way' and continue to follow 'your own will', on your own. 'Grace knocks', but, the 'keeper' of the 'heart', you, must open the door to the LORD. [Matthew 7:13,14; 25:10; James 5:9; Revelation 3:20]
May you 'wisely', do so, in Jesus' name, I pray. Amen. Amen.
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