Reading through the Bible together
As Solomon continues to counsel his son, he dispenses his wisdom through many short, bits of wisdom called proverbs. As if running out of time, he randomly shares these proverbs as in a list and is specific in his counsel. Each proverb seems to contain both the counsel and the result of following it or not following it. Although unrelated, each proverb is packed with sage and timeless wisdom:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight. (vs. 5, 6).
“Has not God said He would give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him? . . . Some men seem afraid to take God at His word as though it would be presumption in them. They pray for the Lord to teach us and yet are afraid to credit the pledged word of God and believe we have been taught of Him. So long as we come to our heavenly Father humbly and with a spirit to be taught, willing and anxious to learn, why should we doubt God’s fulfillment of His own promise?” SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 3, pp. 1155,1156, EGW Letter 35, 1893.
Take one of the above proverbs to heart today and memorize it.
Jackie Ordelheide Smith
General Conference Ministerial Association