Today, we are starting to study Chapter 3 of Proverbs. Many of the verses in this chapter are very well known and I am sure you will probably recognize them as we read along. There are many principles that, if followed will allow God to bless a person’s life mightily!
Proverbs 3 (NKJV)
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.
Verse one starts out as Chapter 2 did with the allegory of a parent (Wisdom) admonishing their child not to forget their “law,” in this case, God’s laws. It goes on to say “let your heart keep my commands.” We are not to just “know” the commands or commandments with our minds, but to “take them to heart” or make them a part of our very beings.
Verse 2 tells us that if we DO put His law or commandments into the depths of our being, then they will add days to our lives, and peace as well. These are such rich and mighty promises, for we don’t know how many days we are “allotted” as one verse says, but those days can be “added to” by planting God’s laws deep into our lives.
One king, Hezekiah, had 15 years “added” to his life it tells us in 2 Kings 20: 1 – 6 which is a direct example of this principle. This king says that he had walked with God in truth, with a loyal heart, and had followed God’s laws… he had made them a part of him, and because of this, God “added to” his life.
2 Kings 20: 1 – 6: Hezekiah’s Life Extended
1 In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.’”2 Then he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the LORD, saying, 3 “Remember now, O LORD, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 And it happened, before Isaiah had gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 5 “Return and tell Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD. 6 And I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake, and for the sake of My servant David.”
Is that awesome, or WHAT !!! (If you continue reading in the next verses of that story, you will also find another of the wonders of God where He “turned back time…” We have a MIGHTY, all powerful God, and EVERYTHING is in HIS hands!
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