Saturday, February 06, 2010

Wisdom Project 2/6

Proverbs 6 – NIV
Proverbs 6 – ESV

Proverbs 6:22 . . .
When you walk, they will guide you;
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.


Solomon also tells us that true religion guides us under all circumstances. He says in the 22nd verse that when we are active, there is nothing like true godliness to help us: “When thou goest, it shall lead thee.” He tells us that when we are resting there is nothing better than this for our preservation: “When thou sleepest, it shall keep thee.” And when we are just waking, there is nothing better than this with which to delight the mind: “When thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.” I do not intend to expand those three thoughts except just to say this, when thou art busiest, thy religion shall be thy best help. When thy hands are full of toil, and thy head is full of thought, nothing can do thee more service than to have a God to go to, a Savior to trust in, a heaven to look forward to. And when thou goest to thy bed to sleep or to be sick, thou canst have nothing better to smooth thy pillow and to give thee rest than to know that thou art forgiven through the precious blood of Christ, and saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, March 27th, 1887 (on Precept)

3 John 8
Bill H.


Carrie L. said...

Verses 20 through 23 really stood out to me this morning. When we keep our parents commands and bind them to our hearts forever, the instruction will never leave us. When we walk they will guide us, when we are even asleep they will watch over us, and when we are awake they will keep us company and talk to us. God promises to be with us always when we bind his words to our hearts and keep instruction on our lips. These commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life. God will guide our steps every day of our life if we are willing to obey and hide his word in our heart.

Jeremy said...

Verse 22 is a great reminder of the results of studying and meditating God's word. Even though this is talking about wisdom from a wise mother and father, and the advice is against adultery, the truth still stand: "When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you." God's word and wisdom is alive, and it will speak to those who bind it to their hearts and minds. This is a conviction to memorize God's word because it will become a source of strength and encouragement in those moments of temptation.

Rachel said...

Verses 27-28 (in the context of the larger section 24-35)speak very clearly to the ramifications of sin. Every sin has logical consequences; no sin goes unpunished [whether on earth or by judgment]. In verses 16-19, the author writes the seven things which the Lord abhors. It is interesting to note that lying and murder are both on the list; no one sin is carries more weight than another and, even the seemingly insignificant sins of the heart will have ramifications.

Anonymous said...

Response 2/6/2010 2:12 PM
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
Diligence is something that is required in a walk with Christ. We are to consider the ant which is a tiny insect but because of its unique design and attributes can accomplish a great deal. There is no room in the Lord’s plan for the sluggard. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. But that is just the point; God isn’t going to do it for us. The things that God has called us to do will require tireless work and undaunted determination.
John Erbentraut

Jessica said...

Vs 20-22 is a great reminder of if you study the word, meditate on it, and keep it in your mind and heart as we walk through life these commandments and principles we have meditated on will be there to direct our actions. This is a passage that should show us the importance of study and memorizing the Word of God

Mandi said...

6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!-I can't be lazy! i need to be like the ant who stores up his food and is always busy. When we become lazy we tend to sin more so i need to be like the example of the ant and not be lazy.
20 My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching.-I need to remember the things that i have been taught they will stick with me!

Shawna said...

For these commands are a lamp,
this teaching is a light,
and the corrections of discipline
are the way to life,
This verse explains a wonderful illustration of commands from parents, even though we go not like them we cannot deny the truth about this statement.

Jim Morrison said...

Verses 27 & 28 - Reading these verses made me think about how we think that we can be close to or even take part in sinful things and not be affected by them. To me these verses are essentially saying "do you think you can take part in that and not be affected, that there will not be consequences to your actions?" This is a great reminder that we will have consequences to the things that we choose to take part in.

Jillian F. said...

Verses 6-8 give us an interesting spin on what wisdom should look like. The ant knew to work ahead and get ready for times of food shortages - the sluggard simply sleeps his life away, then realizes that he's going to starve to death. The ant expressed wisdom in simply being prepared for what was guaranteed to happen in its life. It makes me question how well I am preparing myself, and how disciplined I am to be ready for the Lord's service.

Gabe Vanderstel said...

I found the first half of this chapter very interesting. It is not often that the Bible talks about work ethics and laziness. Sometimes I her people say, "God will provide for my needs", but they fail to realize that God might provide for their needs by having them work really hard. God values our work ethic and expects that we work hard for his glory.

Danielle Cummings said...

verses 20-23 are important for us to remember. Not only does Solomon tell us to keep Christ's commandments but he emphasizes to keep them close to our heart and tied around our neck. When we make an effort to keep those commandments, they will lead us through the hard times, be a light when its dark, watch over us when we need it, and comfort us when were down.

SarahK said...

PThe first half of this chapter rings true for me right now... I'm currently without a job, and have been bumming around the house for a while now. It really is not in anyway satisfying. Fun at first sure, but I can't imagine someone living their life this way. And I am quite thankful the Bible talks against laziness.

George said...

Verses 6-8 really stick out to me, especially the fact of how much we can learn from the ant and other insects. It amazes me how in some respects, insects can actually be wiser than humans. This verse really reminds me that there is no room for laziness for the Christian.

Cody F said...

As I read though the chapter tonight I stopped at verse 9-11 and read them over a couple times. I decided to look up in a commentary verses 9-11 to get a little more of an explanation. I thought that it is quite interesting to see how this relates to the workplace, we need to be careful about being lazy when we work so that we don't let poverty sneak us on us. When I think about places I've worked in the past and I see the people who work there, the people who have motivation seem to desire to move on to bigger and better things, the people who come in, work and leave again at the end of the day, with no desire to work hard and with little motivation really do seem poorer. Not just money-wise, but emotionally as well. I thought that was a very interesting point for me.