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Theme: Trust in God and receive the benefits of wisdom.
Proverbs 3:v. 1, 2, and 5. (v.1) My son forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments. (v.2) For the length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. (v.5) Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.
According to my studies, the Book of Proverbs was written between 1000 and 700 B.C. The majority of its contents was written by King Solomon around 931 B.C. and during the time of Solomon’s life. Most likely it was written in Judah and intended primarily for young people and to those considered “pupils of the elders”. The Hebrew title means “Proverbs of Solomon.”
Within the amazing Book of Proverbs lies a wealth of hidden joy. It is about Solomon, who succeeded his father, David to rule as King of Israel. After praying and asking God for wisdom God blessed Solomon so much that people came from afar just to learn from him. About one-fourth of the 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs are attributed to Solomon. These scriptures are part of Solomon’s teachings and relate to spiritual truth and common sense to those who take it to heart. The entire Bible provides us with a roadmap of instructions that concerns every conceivable area of human life that we face today, just as Solomon experienced. These words of comfort guide us through our spiritual journey, our struggles, and can lead us to true inner peace through Jesus Christ. After all these years of its existence and from Biblical times, God’s Holy Word of wisdom and truth remain constant and everlasting. God’s Word is the same today, yesterday, and tomorrow and He never changes. True wisdom and joy cannot exist apart from knowing God. Therefore, we should not rely on our own understanding as verse five tells us, but on the truths that God teaches us. God knows our every weakness, our strengths, and our fears. When we obey God, only then will godly success follow. God, our Heavenly Father, desires us to be happy here on Earth until the day of His return.
Maybe some of us are like Solomon in our own certain ways. After all, we are only human and God expects us to make mistakes. However, He is always there to pick us up when we fall with forgiveness. When we ask God for answered prayers, we tend to demand Him to answer immediately. Often, in our own worries, we feel we need the answer right then.
We all have heard the old saying, “Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it”. Well, God answers prayers in His own way and in His own time. Moreover, when the answer does not happen when we want it we say, “Oh well, God has forgotten all about me.” Many times, it is the other way around. We tend to forget about God in our everyday busy schedules. However, God understands and sends His message to us as we go about our day. We only know it if we just listen with our hearts.
In conclusion, Solomon got his message across to those who listened. We as Christians can only grow and learn spiritually in the Lord through obedience, faith, and trusting God. Solomon received God’s infinite wisdom because he listened. This real event in God’s Word is a true example of what it means by not leaning to our own understanding.