THREE - Proverbs 2

Zimmersgirl - posted on 04/21/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Today's selection is Proverbs 2. This chapter is dedicated to the benefits of wisdom. Let's read...

1My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; 2So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 3Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. 6For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 7He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 8He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. 9Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. 10When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 11Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: 12To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; 13Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; 14Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; 15Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths: 16To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; 17Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. 18For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. 19None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. 20That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.21For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. 22But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

To me, these verses reiterate the first chapter, to lean to God's wisdom and direction in all things so we won't be led astray.

And, once more we are given a warning of the consequence for not seeking the Lord and His wisdom. God wants to make sure we know beyond a shadow of doubt that following Him will lead to peace and that life without Him may provide some limited fleshly satisfaction but will end in our own willful, selfish destruction.

Verse 7 says that He is a "buckler" if we walk uprightly. Merriam-Webster defines a buckler as a 1 a: a small round shield held by a handle at arm's length b: a shield worn on the left arm or 2: one that shields and protects.

How foolish would we be to leave protection behind? There is not other greater source of protection than our Lord! God is our shield against the trials and tribulations that come our way.

I personally think that a lot of people think this means that the Lord will take away some of our trials and tribulations. To me, this definition, shows me that the shield is used in battle, that we most certainly will come across trials and tribulations, and they will not only come at us, but face to face, up close and personal. But with our Buckler, God Almighty, we can protect ourselves from the dangerous barbs of the battle. He will protect the vital parts of His children. He will help us deflect the arrows and though we might take a beating, we will live in Him. I also believe that without trials and tests and tribulations we cannot grow in Him. I believe He knows this and that's why He's provided us with the tools and spiritual weapons to overcome.

When we seek after Him and His wisdom, we are protected. Our peace and joy may become tarnished in battle, but He gives us protection and rest to reshine and restore. He so awesomely provides for all of our needs when we seek after Him!

Sadly though, like Jennifer said in her post on a previous daily study, it is often that we ignore God. We don't always intentionally seek to follow the world's counsel but in ignoring God we leave ourselves open to the world's wisdom. And as a loving Father, He shows us again what is in store when we don't heed His instruction. He tells us about the ways of evil men and women and how they lead to destruction. He loves us so much that once more He shows us the consequences and tells us, "the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it." I don't know about you, but for me the worst thing in this life (and eternity) would be to cut out of God's plan, to not be privileged to praise Him.

It reminds me of being a mom and how we sometimes have to constantly "warn" our children to not do something (or do it, in some cases). Your children will do things that try you, they will ignore you, they will test you to your limits. You want so much for them to succeed and grow up healthy and wise and you share the wisdom you have gained and hope they will heed it. You show them how to live, how to love.

You invest a lot of your being into it and still they want to do their own thing.

They don't want to wear the red shirt that matches, they want to wear the green plaid one (forget that it clashes with their striped pants) and will throw a tantrum to do it. Or, they want to hang out with unsavory characters which opens the door for them to experiment with rebellion or drugs, etc. You pray to God and ask for patience and love as you guide them toward the things of God. It's not always easy and there have been many battles. You want to cry, you want to rant, you want to pull your hair out of it's Clairol-colored roots! (At least in my place, lol)

Praise God that His love is boundless and limitless! He doesn't give up on us. He loves us and continues to discipline and demonstrate His love when we fall, and protects us in the shelter of Him when we need it. He is the ultimate "good" parent! He is the example we should all seek after and strive to follow.

Someone on another group (in another board, not Circle) asked how can Christians believe that God is truly a loving God because He will not save everyone and that bad things happen. They cannot see that our Father is even more than fleshly parents. They either don't understand or refuse to acknowledge that along with free will God constantly gives us warnings, He's given us His Word (Bible) and He's given us His Son! Just like a parent who sets consequences for bad behaviors and disciplines that child, God does with us.

It's when we decide that we don't need God's direction or we ignore the instruction He grants that we must accept the discipline.

However, if we sow daily prayer, daily study of His Word and strive to live life serving Him, we reap knowledge and wisdom. When things are hard, we know that we have a rock to hide in, a shelter from the storm. We have a Father who knows what we are going through and will love us through it.

Lord, we Praise You. We thank you for your loving discipline when we stray or ignore Your wisdom. You tell us that if we seek we shall find. Father, we seek You in midst of all life gives us. We desire to draw near to you and love what you love. We want to walk where you direct. Please open our eyes when we might be falling astray and guide us back to the heart of You. You are the most High and more precious than any temptation that is offered. We love you and praise you. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

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Zimmersgirl - posted on 05/13/2009

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Anita, definitely adding her to prayer list! And you so the Spirit will open your eyes to the right opportunities and give you the awesome words He wants said.

And yes, isn't that an awesome metaphor? I mean, we "know" that He is our shield and our refuge, but to actually "see" it in our minds brings a new depth to it. Thanks for your prayers and adding mine to yours. God has called each of us for a purpose and we'll need our bulwark the closer we get to the true purpose. Satan does not like it when we are walking in the authority He grants us and the attacks can be vicious.

Anita - posted on 05/12/2009

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Awesome testimonies Tam and Jennifer!

I love the proverbs. I recently was praying about wirnessing to a co-worker of mine who is very much into the power of stones and is studying buddhism and other new age philosophy. She mentioned to me that she was looking for wisdom and I directed her to the proverbs in God's word as a source of wisdom. I really wanted to let her know that there is no wisdom outside of the bible. There are only wordly ideas and suppositions. Please pray that she will find the true wisdom that God gives liberally to all who ask.



Also, I wanted to comment about God being our buckler. I LOVE that metaphor. Our fight against the enemy of our souls is very real. It is daily for those of us who are aware that the devil is on a mission everyday to distract us from the fight. I pray that we all take the necessary time with God everday to be "girded up" with the truth of His word so that we can be victorious against Satan every time!

Heather - posted on 05/08/2009

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I will add him to the prayer list. I will include more details there. Thank you for the suggestion!

Zimmersgirl - posted on 05/07/2009

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Yup. How is that young man now? Has he come to the Lord? Do you want to add him to the prayer list?

Heather - posted on 05/07/2009

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I had a young man that I work make a comment that hit along with this. He is certain that God hates him because of all of the bad things that happen to him. My response was something along the lines of: God can be sitting there saying, no, don't do that, you will get hurt, but if we ignore him, we will get burned. Very similar to what you said. It's so good to know when other Christians agree with you, even without knowing it!

Jennifer - posted on 04/22/2009

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I got so nervous because I didn't think this posted. It wasn't showing up and I thought, there is not way I can type that out again because it was so late last night...just like now! lol! Notice a pattern! But will reply tomorrow because I need to get in the bed and try to get some sleep....Also be looking for a praise report on the Christian moms from me about myself and my daughter!

Zimmersgirl - posted on 04/21/2009

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Yes! Daily make the decision that the day belongs to the Lord and not ourselves. Think you're right and that too many people think one prayer will do it and it's all done.

As far as being tested and trials and tribulations, even Jesus told Peter that Satan had asked for him, to sift him like wheat. Satan wants to shake us and sift us until nothing good is left. He wants us to be weakened and lowered and if at all possible, fatally wounded spiritually.

I am so glad you went to church with your step mom (one, so we could meet on here!).

My story is a little different but also presses home the need to really get into the Word DAILY and pray DAILY.

I was raised in church. I could quote scripture on scripture and loved God. But in my teens I began to hang around people I shouldn't. Oh, it wasn't as bad as it could be, but some decisions I'd made really affected my life until I agreed to marry a man that I knew I shouldn't. From the moment I ignored God's wisdom, I entered into a very dark period in my life. I won't go into details because I have forgiven him (let me tell you, that took a LOT of prayer to change my heart) and because it is now in God's hands. But I struggled with the issue of divorce--a big no-no even though I had what could be termed "Biblical" justification for it. During all this, I tried to get back to God and boy-oh, because I didn't have that daily anchor or make that daily decision to die to self, Satan used everything he could. He knew what buttons to push and which people to use to hurt me. And I ended up wandering for years. I never completely lost faith in God, but I could not go near a church without having an anxiety attack. I would pray, but my faith was weakened and the longer I was away the worse I noticed I got about some things.

It was only in 2007 when I actively prayed and daily began to seek God and His wisdom that things began to turn around. And let me tell you, Satan did NOT like it. While I know some things would have happened, so much happened from then to now that I know he had a hand in some of the attacks. All in an effort to get me to turn away from God. This time however, refreshed in daily prayer and God, I was able to turn to God who gave me peace and last year confirmed it for me.

In September I was rushed to the ER with sudden pain, strong enough that I was literally out of my mind with it, at one point begging my husband to knock me out. We would pray and still it hurt. When I had an MRI the doc came in the room almost immediately after, disturbed. I had a tumor that no one had noticed before now, quite large and could be ovarian cancer. They wanted to operate immediately. I'll never forget how my husband jerked up, fully awake (it was late) and I looked at him, grabbed his hand and said, It's okay, it's in God's hands. The doctor ended up repeating this several times, even asking if I understood that it could be malignant. I said I did, but was not going to let it panic me. God reminded me of Philippians 4:6 (a favorite verse of mine now).

I don't think I could have made it through that, the subsequent surgery without God and the peace he sent my way. Did it still hurt? Of course! Was it a trial for both of us for the 8 days I spent in the hospital and the months afterward? Of course! Was it easy? No! But God finally had me in a place where I could "be still" and hear Him. And I haven't looked back. I've tried to do as He asks and give back to Him as much as I can.

That's one reason to have started this study group. I think there are a lot of women out there who for one reason or another have a desire to study but either can't find the time to meet regularly or can't relate person to person right now. There are many reasons why, but this way we can learn together and pray together and give to each other so we can reach out and give to others! :)

Jennifer - posted on 04/21/2009

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What these verses say to me is in the same line as to what you have stated but let me add this. As Christians we feel (sometimes) that because we have been saved, repented of our sins, said a prayer or three, then we will have him in our life forever and not have to worry about doing anything else for Him. I will admit I got saved, I got wrapped up in the word of God and I wanted to know more. At first and even now I did not pray for the Holy Spirit but God had other plans for me. One Sunday the Holy Spirit moved in me in such a way that I did not feel I was ready for but I didn't hold back either. Two weeks later I started walking away from God. I know that when the Holy Spirit moved me, this was one of the tests God had planned for me. He puts us in a position that we will come face to face with our fear and instead of running closer to Him, I ran the other direction. This was my test (no not my first, nor will it have been my last) but I firmly believe now, it is for us to grow stronger in Him and make our hearts founder of Him.



He will guide us, protect us, shelter us, and love us, but it is up to us weather we allow him to stand firmly in front of us and allow him to do just those things. I am also a firm believer (and I say this because you mentioned another lady from the other board about bad things), that God will allow the bad things to happen to those that have not accepted Him and have lived their lives not just in sin, but without Him in it. We know from reading that God will turn those away from Heaven and that they will burn in hell so that leads me to say, burning in hell is going to be painful, torture, and every lasting for these people.



He will bring us to our knees, no, not to pray, but to give us a wake up call, I know everything that I knew was taken from me in 2001. I had several miscarriages, several surgeries, and the list goes on. Never did I once pray, never did I once thank Him, never did I once praise Him through any of this and in main part, because I was not a Christian. I suffered through the pain of losing 4 babies, through the pain of the surgeries both before and after, and the pain of losing my husband because of my mistakes. He laid it out there for me to not only see, but to feel! However on January 8, 2003 I found out I was yet again pregnant, I was not going to church, nor was I a Christian. Mother's Day of 03 my mother(step) ask me to go to church with her and I haven't looked back. On August 25, 2003 I gave birth to a HEALTH baby girl.



When I look back on things at how they were before I accept Jesus Christ Lord in Savior into my life, my life was a living HELL! Then after I accepted Him into my life I was blessed with a doctor that cared enough to find out why so many miscarriages, God put me in that doctor's office for a reason, it was through the blessing of God that this doctor knew exactly what to do once i did get pregnant again with our daughter. I did not suffer anymore miscarriages, I didn't suffer any more surgeries, I did not suffer with the lose of my husband because now the same man I divorced, I have now been with him for 12 years! God will bless you, He will protect you at all cost so that we do not have to suffer, but that doesn't mean He will do it for free. You have to give to receive, period. And by all means, I will forever give to Him in what ever ways He asks of me in order for Him to protect me, shield me, guide me, love me, and never forsake me! That is what I truly feel these verses are saying! If you forsake me, then i will forsake you in front of my father! Learn the word so you can prepare yourself to never have to back down from someone when they ask about HIM!

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