Read: Proverbs 2:1-21
Consider: As Christians it should be our aim to do what is right, just and fair. While many decisions are clearly right or wrong, there will be times when it isn’t clear to us which of the available options are the right way. It is in these situations that we need to seek God’s insight and wisdom to help us move forward in what the writer of Proverbs calls ‘… the good path’ (Proverbs 2:9).
When reading this chapter in Proverbs we can imagine God speaking directly into our hearts. The opening lines read: ‘My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you …’ (2:1). These are the words of a Father who cares deeply for the welfare of his child. He wants all his children to grow up having the knowledge and understanding only God can impart, which will produce the following result: Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it (2:20-21).
Returning to the earlier part of today’s reading (2:1-5) the writer uses the following phrases: ‘accept my words’, ‘store up my commands’, ‘turning your ear’, ‘applying your heart’, ‘call out for insight’, ‘cry aloud for understanding’, ‘look for it as for silver’ and ‘search for it as for hidden treasure’. This is no complacent, half-hearted search, but an active, committed and enthusiastic search for the things of God. The writer of Proverbs tells us that if we apply ourselves in this way: ‘… then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God’ (2:5).
The writer uses the phrase ‘… then you will understand …’ once more in our reading (2:9). Having acknowledged that all true wisdom comes from God (2:6-8), he says: Then you will understand what is right and just and fair – every good path (2:9).
If you are facing some difficult choices, where the way forward is not clear to you, today’s reading should encourage you to earnestly take the matter to God, seeking his insight and asking him to reveal the way forward to you.
Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.
Pray: Father, we acknowledge that there are times when we don’t know the right way forward. In these situations help us to bring the matter to you, seeking your insight and understanding, so that we may move forward in your will. Amen