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Magnify Proverbs 3

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The internet is full of quick resources and self-help advice amidst times of calm and times of crisis. You can find help on literally anything on-the-go anytime, anywhere. But how much of it is true and actually helpful and how much of it is is just click-bait and sensationalism. Thankfully, we have a book that has stood the test of time. King Solomon, the wisest man to have ever lived (excluding Jesus fully-man of course). Solomon, Son of David, when asked by God he can have anything he wants, Solomon responded  “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10). It is through this godly wisdom that we have the book of Proverbs today! Today we focus on Proverbs 3.

Proverbs 3, Trust in the Lord, Path Straight, Not your understanding

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Let’s journey through Proverbs!

Take a journey with me through this book of practical Proverbs.

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Teamwork

Proverbs 3

Wisdom Bestows Well-Being

My son, do not forget my teaching,
    but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years
    and bring you peace and prosperity.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
    bind them around your neck,
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
    in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
    and nourishment to your bones.

Honor the Lord with your wealth,
    with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
    and your vats will brim over with new wine.

11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
    as a father the son he delights in.

13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
    those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
    and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
    nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
    in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
    and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
    those who hold her fast will be blessed.

19 By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations,
    by understanding he set the heavens in place;
20 by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,
    and the clouds let drop the dew.

21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
    preserve sound judgment and discretion;
22 they will be life for you,
    an ornament to grace your neck.
23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
    and your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
    when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Have no fear of sudden disaster
    or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
26 for the Lord will be at your side
    and will keep your foot from being snared.

27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
    when it is in your power to act.
28 Do not say to your neighbor,
    “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—
    when you already have it with you.
29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
    who lives trustfully near you.
30 Do not accuse anyone for no reason—
    when they have done you no harm.

31 Do not envy the violent
    or choose any of their ways.

32 For the Lord detests the perverse
    but takes the upright into his confidence.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
    but he blesses the home of the righteous.
34 He mocks proud mockers
    but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.
35 The wise inherit honor,
    but fools get only shame.

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It’s always easier to get things done in teams.

Also, there are people who are fiercely independent who hate teamwork, mainly because they end up taking on the majority of the work. And when you’re on a team that’s balanced and healthy, there’s nothing like it. You may have one superstar, but even then everyone is working together to help each other give their best gifts.

Wisdom does not work alone. Wisdom works in a team.

Proverbs 3 starts out by introducing us to three teammates to wisdom – love, faithfulness, and trust. Why does wisdom need help?

Love – wisdom without love isn’t helpful. It’s a lot of instruction without the compassion, the relationship, and even the mild sense of interest in another person or persons that make it really sing. Wisdom without love is like having a set of instructions to put together furniture, but lacking the pieces of the furniture itself.

Moreover, love gives wisdom a playground in which to play – because honestly if we have no love for God, why would we listen to His wisdom?

If we don’t have love for other people, why would we make selflessly wise decisions that benefit someone else first and foremost?

Faithfulness – wisdom is a marathon, not a sprint. Wisdom isn’t going to get us a reality show or make a huge splash in the news. Wisdom is that quiet plugging along, doing the right thing by God’s design, and in small ways, we change the world.

Besides, It’s a project we have to stick to, however. Equally important, wisdom can be frustrating if we expect immediate results, so we have to get ready for the long haul.

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Trust – without trust, wisdom has no muscle. If we don’t have at least a growing trust in God, it’s going to be very difficult to invest the energy and risk it requires to follow His teaching.

Besides, God’s wisdom is infinite, consequently that means our finite human minds can only comprehend snippets of His wisdom when He decides we need it.

Proverbs says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

The idea is that God’s wisdom and understanding will clear out the brush, and run a tractor over the ground and flatten everything. He’ll pave a road, paint lines on it, and mark it out.

Further, we must trust it takes trust for us to get on that road and drive.

What do you need to pair wisdom with today? Love? Faithfulness? Trust? Keep these in mind as you think about the guidance in Proverbs 3.

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God doesn’t do things the way we think he should? That theme emerges reading stories or listening to people explain why they left Christianity based on supposedly “intellectual arguments”. God doesn’t fit our expectations. He is not like us; he is wholly different.

Proverbs 16:9
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Although not put in exactly these words, the argument goes something like this: If God is perfect and good, he should have revealed himself more clearly, he should have preserved the Scriptures without any textual variants, he should have produced a Bible less open to so many different interpretations (it should somehow be transhistorical and transcultural), he should have completely removed evil and suffering right away.

These arguments could be rephrased: If I were God, I would have done things differently. In comparison to our enlightened reason, God’s actions are seen as wanting and deficient. Our preferences, wisdom, rationality, and expectations become the standard to which God must submit or be rejected as false and untrustworthy.

There seems to be no place left for a humble assessment of the limits and frailty of human ability and rationality.

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Scandal and Folly at the Cross

God often does not do things the way that we as humans think he should. The clearest example of this is Jesus’s crucifixion. Paul argues that “we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:23-25).

Scandal and Folly at Christmas

We are so familiar with the Christmas narratives that we often fail to see how they are similar to the crucifixion: certainly scandalous, debatably foolish, but nevertheless, God’s plan to fulfill his promises and save his people.

First, the virgin conception was scandalous. Joseph himself assumed infidelity and intended to divorce Mary.

Could God have done things in a way less open to ridicule? Or could he not have somehow provided more supernatural proof? Of course he could have; but he didn’t. And skeptics mock.

Meanwhile, Christians celebrate this truth as the way God chose to act to save the world through his Son Jesus, fully God and fully man.

It may be hard to believe, but God became man; he entered our pain, our suffering, and our death in order to defeat death for all of us. As the book of Hebrews makes clear, he experienced our limitations and temptations in order to become our perfect and eternal High Priest and to offer a perfect and final sacrifice for sin. Could God have done it a different, less painful, less embarrassing way? Maybe, but he didn’t.

Why the lowly birth? Why be born in poverty, in obscurity, and in weakness? We are so familiar with the Christmas story that we fail to see how counterintuitive this all is. In saving the world, God seems to have gone the most difficult route imaginable. Like Satan’s temptation to instantly give Jesus global sovereignty without the suffering of the cross, there could have been quite a few quicker and easier ways to get this done. But as Paul notes, God’s “folly” is greater than man’s wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:25).

Trust God to Be God

As you reflect on your season of your life, your struggles, your disappointments, your victories, your faith, and your hope, remember that:

God is God and we are not.

Jesus’s death on the cross was simultaneously foolishness to the wise in the world, to those who are perishing, and a demonstration of the power and wisdom of God to those of us who believe.

He doesn’t always do things the way we might expect or wish he would, but when it comes to God, shouldn’t we know by now to expect the unexpected?

Faith in God certainly doesn’t make us safe (as if we were living in a magical bubble in which nothing bad could happen and we were guaranteed success at every turn), but it does make us incredibly secure. Because he is faithful and good, we can trust and worship without always completely understanding.

Christianity did not begin, survive, and expand primarily through intellectual argumentation but through a demonstration of the Spirit.

Life may knock you down – but God’s faithfulness and your faith will raise you up again.

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