Proverbs Chapter 3 (4 of 32) by Harley Howard

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Proverbs Chapter 3 (4 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard

1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

This was a continual urging on the part of Solomon to his son as he taught him to acquire and know wisdom. One of the dangers of the search of wisdom is the danger of forgetting what you have already learned. This is seen in the word, forget. It means to be oblivious of, from want of memory or attention. In simpler words; to ignore. This shows me at least three important truths,

1. People forget what they have been taught through negligence. Thus the need of constant reminder.

2. Unless people have a heart for God's wisdom and understanding, then all of the pleadings in the universe to get wisdom and understanding will not matter.

3. Wisdom that is in the heart goes down into the core of that man or woman and will never be forgotten.

Solomon will continue this urging throughout the book of Proverbs. Wisdom must be heeded to and to be sought out as the most important pursuit of life. We have already seen that and he reasons why this is so important. Wisdom must be received with every intent to obey and must not be forgotten because we do not take it to heart. The person who forgets-who is oblivious to the Law and commandments simply does not take it to heart what is being said, therefore they will forget. Instead of that sad scenario we are to obey truth from the heart-the heart being the very soul and core of all of what makes us, us. We are to obey it with our all. To be in proximity of all the truth in the universe will do us no good if we are not going to apply it from the heart.

2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

This speaks of the quality of life as well as the quantity of it. The words, length and long are the same Hebrew word. In other words, the number of days and the quality of those days and peace shall God's wisdom add to your life. So many people are seeking these things. They say that they are seeking long life and quality of life and peace in this life, but they are all going about it the wrong way. None of these things will ever be experienced by materialism; yet multitudes believe that buying the new "fill in the blank" is going to cause them to gain long life and quality of life and peace. What they/we fail to see is that long life and quality of life and peace comes ONLY through a proper relationship with God. That relationship is proper when we are fearing Him and following His wisdom. This guarantees that we will obtain long life and quality of life and peace. Peace meaning that the sha^lo^m of God will be upon us continually. This is what God said. Now, if we lack in any of these, then obviously we have a problem with our forgetfulness, ignoring, or obedience to the wisdom and knowledge of God, and we need to see it as such and nothing else. The sooner that we see God's reality of life, the sooner ...


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