Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 3:1-6. In this Scripture, Solomon says, “My son, don’t forget my law (instructions); but let your heart keep my commandments (code of wisdom).” They will add long life and peace to you.
Solomon tells his son not to forsake mercy (goodness, faithfulness or kindness) and truth. He instructs him to tie them around his neck and inscribe them on his heart.
He tells him by doing this he will find favor (grace or acceptance) and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
He reminds his son to trust (confide or have confidence) in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding (discernment). In all your ways acknowledge (know or consider) him, and he will direct your paths.
When we trust in our own understanding instead of trusting God to lead us on the road of life, we may end up on a dead end street. When we trust God and add His wisdom and knowledge to our lives He guides us to the path of eternal life.
When we trust in our own wisdom, we may have limited knowledge about certain things or circumstances. If we trust in the wisdom of other people, their wisdom is limited as well. They may lead us down the wrong path.
We are much better off to trust God and His leadership, guidance and direction in our lives. His knowledge is greater than all of our knowledge put together. He knows the past, present, and future. He knows all the details. His knowledge is not limited like ours is.
Trusting God is not a onetime thing, it is a continual process of trusting Him more and more with our lives and the decisions in our lives. We learn to depend on Him. We learn to pray to Him and ask for His guidance in our circumstances. As we develop an ongoing relationship with God we learn to trust Him more and more each day.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Things to think about:
- What does Solomon encourage his son to do?
- What benefits does Solomon say he will receive if he follow these instructions?
- What does Solomon tell his son to do concerning the LORD? Why?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture in Proverbs we see that Solomon instructed his son in Your ways. He encouraged him to trust You and not to lean on his own understanding. Help us to do the same, to trust You and not depend on our own wisdom or the wisdom of other people to guide our lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
**Please say a prayer for me this week. I will be having surgery on my right hand to remove a ganglian cyst on Tuesday. I am right-handed so I am hoping and praying everything goes well and I don’t have any problems. Please also remember the doctor that God will lead, guide and direct his hand as he works on my hand. If all goes well I should be able to continue doing the work I do. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. I love you with the love of the Lord. Blessings, Deborah
Bible Verse to Journal or Memorize:
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6
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