Monday, March 23, 2009

Proverbs 2: 6 - 9

Today, we will look at the next four verses of Chapter 2:
Proverbs 2: 6 - 9 (NKJV): The Value of Wisdom Continued

6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;

8 He guards the paths of justice,
And preserves the way of His saints.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.

Verse 6 starts out by saying that it is the Lord that gives wisdom, and it is from HIS Word (mouth) that we gain knowledge and understanding. This is why it is so important that we read ALL of His word. HE is the creator and God that made the “rules” that this universe works on. Satan, from the time he lied to the woman, Eve, in the garden of Eden, has tried to twist knowledge and push “humanist” understanding of things. God says that His ways AREN’T our ways.

Verse 7 talks about the “upright.” The online dictionary gives this definition: upright - of moral excellence; "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man." It says that God “stores up sound wisdom” and “is a shield” for those that live up to these standards.
Verse 8 continues to talk about God’s care for his people. It describes how He guards or “watches over” the “paths of justice.” If we are following those paths, than we would be under His eyes, and our ways will be preserved. (
Saint: 2. An extremely virtuous person.)

The last verse we will look at today is verse 9.

9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.

It continues with the thoughts of the previous verses. If we are “listening” to God’s word, and following it by being “upright” then we will see that he is guarding us and we will begin to “understand” God’s ways of righteousness, justice, equity, and all the good paths that God has in store for us.

LB NOTE: I want to share a piece of wisdom that I found while looking for some clip art for this blog post. It is a wonderful post that is written by a woman who is raising boys, and it is about raising "Godly, manly but GENTLEMANLY men." Please, if you are raising boys, or know of someone who is, share this post of hers with them!

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