Wise Words For Weird Days
May 17, 2020 | Dr. James Carroll
Proverbs 3:1-12 | Wisdom Yields Wholeness
20200517 | Proverbs 3:1-12 | Wisdom Yields Wholeness
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
Proverbs 3:1-12 ESV
Overview - Sowing the seeds of wisdom yields a harvest of wholeness.
1. Internalizing wise instruction yields abundant life.
2. Clinging to covenant fidelity yields healthier relationships.
3. Entrusting yourself fully to God yields the security of his direction.
4. Living humbly before the Lord yields physical well-being.
5. Stewarding material blessings for God's glory yields future provisions.
6. Embracing correction yields greater intimacy with the Father.
Living a godly life is difficult enough within the rhythm and flow of “normalcy.” But as we can all attest, the spring of 2020 has been anything but normal. The upheaval of the past few weeks and uncertainty about when it will end has been disorienting to say the least. The disruption leaves many people trying to keep their heads above water and magnifies the challenges of navigating life in a God-honoring way. Thankfully, we are not without hope and help, especially in these weird days. God has given a timeless treasure of wisdom in Proverbs that will re-orient our hearts and enable us to live in harmony with the unchanging God even during an ever-changing and tumultuous moment in the world.