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June 2, 2017

Posted by Pastor Rick John on

Encourage0gram June 2, 2017
 
As we open to Proverbs 2 today keep this in mind. In Proverbs “way” indicates life in the present tense and “path” indicates life in the future. This distinction can be very helpful.
 
A helpful title for this chapter might be: “How to find the good path.”
 
Proverbs 2:20 Thus you will walk in the ways (daily habits) of good men and keep to the paths (future steps) of the righteous.
 
Wisdom is key to unlocking our destiny under the Lord’s leading. You will immediately notice that we are responsible to follow God’s leading.
 
2:1-4 here is a series of conditions we need to meet.
1. We should listen and meditate on wisdom.
2. We should cry out to God in prayer for understanding (which means to discern the very best)
3. We should search and keep searching of wisdom like it was a hidden treasure.
2:5-8 When we are doing this THEN
1. We will understand true worship (5-6)
2. God will give us victory (7a)
3. And He will protect us (7b-8)
 
Solomon then repeats the promise 2:9-11.
 
Proverbs 2:9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair-- every good path.
 
This good path is a beautiful one that glorifies God and is beneficial and enjoyable for us!
 
2:12-18 We see the application of this wisdom in avoiding the path of the wicked and adulteress.
 
(13) the wicked leave (forsake) straight paths and live daily in dark ways.
(15) Their future is crooked because their lifestyle is devious
(18-19) the Adulteress will lead you into the path of death!
Solomon warns there is little chance of repentance and return to the path of life!
 
2:20-22 This chapter concludes with the stark contrast between those who walk in wisdom into blessings and those who forsake wisdom and walk into punishment and judgement.
 
The big lesson from this chapter for me today is that I remember that my character impacts my conduct and my conduct impacts my character. When I live in healthy rhythms I find and live in God’s best. But if I do not continue in them, God will discipline me to call me back to Himself.
 
God bless you today. I look forward to Proverbs 3 tomorrow!
 
Your servant,
Pastor Rick

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