Friday, July 11. Proverbs 2 – 4

What do you want out of life?

Health? Wealth? Peace? The favor of friends but especially the Lord’s favor?

Proverbs chapter three provides us the secret to all these things and that secret is found in “wisdom,” knowing how to live well.

It begins with following the wise way. That’s not always easy to do. If you don’t believe it, just ask Solomon, who wrote these proverbs but who found following them more difficult than he could accomplish. It wasn’t (and isn’t) that wisdom was so difficult. It’s just not always the way we want to go, and therein lies the problem. It’s why its teaching and commands must find a place in our hearts – the residence of our “want to.”

The wise way pronounces the secret to the successful life: Trust God and follow his ways – even when they are difficult. Be a trustworthy person yourself, showing love to all. Honor God with everything you have and get.

It not a long list. But it is an important one.