Learning The Truth From God!
One of the key lessons of Proverbs is the truth that we cannot make it through life unaided. The sensible person seeks to learn from others, even if advice comes cloaked in the form of a correction.
The wise person never stops learning, reaping the benefits of being teachable. But the self-satisfied person who thinks he knows it all is destined to miss many blessings.
My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:1-4 (NKJV)
The first condition for receiving God’s guidance is that we learn God’s truth. The will of God is revealed in the Word of God (Col. 1:9-10), and the only way to know His will is to study His Word and obey it. By receiving the Word within our hearts, we experience growth in godly character so that mercy and truth (“love and faithfulness,”) become beautiful ornaments in our lives (Prov. 1:9). It isn’t enough for believers to carry the Bible in their hands; they must let the Holy Spirit write it on their hearts (Prov. 7:3; 2 Cor. 3:1-3).
Obedience to the Word can add years to your life and life to your years. This is saying that godliness will prolong our lives. This is vastly different than what many Christians are preaching today. It’s not unusual for 50 percent of Christian radio or television to be occupied with fitness and health food programs.
Many Christians have unwittingly become humanistic in their approach to longevity. They think all the factors that make us live long are physical and chemical. But the Bible teaches that godliness prolongs our lives. The Lord promised long life to those who honor their parents (Exodus 20:12). The Bible says,
“A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
Proverbs 17:22 (AMP)
Spiritual factors are much more important to our health than most people realize.
Giving God Control
God is Lord of creation, source of all laws. He has told us how to live, what to do, and what not to do. Blessing follows wisdom; trouble follows foolishness. The sooner we realize this and chose the path of wisdom, the better off we will be.
We instinctively assume that we can figure out how to handle the issues of life, but we eventually discover that we must trust the Lord rather than our own resources.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.
Proverbs 3:5-8 (NKJV)
Second, we must obey God’s will. “He shall direct your paths” is the promise, but the fulfillment of that promise is predicated on our obedience to the Lord. We must trust Him with all our heart and obey Him in all our ways. That means total commitment to Him (Rom. 12:1-2). The word translated “trust” in verse 5 means “to lie helpless, facedown.” It pictures a servant waiting for the master’s command in readiness to obey, or a defeated soldier yielding himself to the conquering general.
The danger, of course, is that we lean on our own understanding and thereby miss God’s will. This warning doesn’t suggest that God’s children turn off their brains and ignore their intelligence and common sense. It simply cautions us not to depend on our own wisdom and experience or the wisdom and experience of others. Abraham did this when he went to Egypt (Gen. 12:10-20) and so did Joshua when he attacked the little town of Ai (Josh. 7). When we become, “wise in [our] own eyes”, then we’re heading for trouble.
To walk in God’s will, we must allow His Word to penetrate our innermost being.
DECLARATION OF FAITH
I do not forget the benefits of living wisely.
I understand the rules that I must follow in order to be a success in life and I submit to them willingly. Because of this, my life is prolonged by many years and my prosperity overflows like a geyser in a desert land.
I will never fail to let love and faithfulness fill me. I bind them about my neck and write them on the tablet of my heart. By them, favour prevails in my life and I obtain a good and honourable name in the sight of God and men.
I give my whole heart to trust in the Lord. I will not be the fool who balances his life on the brace of human understanding. I am God-inside minded at all times and never cease to acknowledge His presence to guide me in all that I do.
He sees what I cannot see and knows what I do not know. With Him at the point, all of my paths are made straight. Therefore, I will never put my own wisdom before the Lord’s.
I shun all evil and look to God for my provision. This brings health and vitality to my body and strength to all of my bones.
I declare this declaration of faith in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! Amen.
Andrew Wommack‘s Living Commentary
Bible Exposition Commentary – Be Skillful