Bible Pathways - July 27, 2005
Read Proverbs 27:1-31
Advice to the wise; Agur's confession of his faith; the words of King Lemuel; praise of a good wife
If we love someone, we want to be with them and know what pleases them so that we can develop a lasting relationship. We also want to know what they dislike so that we can avoid words or actions that would displease them. Surely, this should also be an important consideration in building a relationship with our Lord.
God said: Whoso keeps the Law is a wise son. . . . He that turns away his ear from hearing the Law, even his prayer shall be abomination (Proverbs 28:7,9). Why should God be attentive to what we have to say if we are not interested in reading His conditions for acceptable prayer?
The Apostle John reminded believers: If our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep (obey) His Commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight (I John 3:21-22). But, we can't keep all His Commandments if we don't read all of His Word to know what they are.
Strange as it may seem, some people pray for solutions to their problems, but ignore the one place where God provides the answers. Why is there such widespread neglect among Christians to read all of what God has said? Do they assume that, like the unregenerate world, their own "good judgment" can take the place of the wisdom of our Sovereign Creator?
The prophet Jeremiah exposed the reason for
Jesus emphasized the need to read His Word when He said: If you keep My Commandments, you shall abide in My love (John 15:10).
27:16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind = Restraining a contentious woman is like attempting to hold the wind; 28:11 searcheth him out = sees through him; 28:14 that feareth alway = who is always reverent; 28:17 stay = help; 29:10 seek his soul = has concern for his well-being; 30:23 odious = hateful.
Pray for Staff: Rebecca Hahn · Government Officials: Rep. William Clay, Jr. (MO) and Rep. Charles Norwood (GA) · Country: Guyana (705,000) on the northeastern coast of South America · Major languages: English and Amerindian dialects · The government is becoming increasingly Marxist, radical, and atheistic · 36% Hindu; 28% Protestant; 10% Roman Catholic; 9% Muslim · Prayer Suggestion: Pray without anger or resentment in your heart (I Timothy 2:8).
Memory Verse for the Week: 1 Thessalonians 4:17