Many of Solomon’s proverbs are capsuled in one verse, following a “two-part” format. Proverbs 2, rather than consisting of numerous individual proverbs, tends to read like a “landscape portrait”—an image with many parts merging into one picture, or for my purposes, one truth. The Book of Proverbs is the plea of a father to a son to walk in the way of godly wisdom and righteousness. The key verse of Proverbs 2 is verse 8.
Proverbs 2:8 – “He [The Lord] keepeth [continually guards] the paths of judgment [justice], and preserveth [guards; keeps a watch over] the way of His saints.”
What a great reminder that, in the midst of a world that is no friend of the righteous, God continually watches over His people! He not only guards and keeps His children, He imparts to them wisdom and discernment that excels the wisdom of the world.
Every day we face the responsibility of making decisions and too many Christians face life without any real purpose or meaningful direction. Like a plane flying blind at night without an instrument panel, tragedy awaits the man who has no purpose, direction and discernment.
Do you long for making “right decisions”? Do you panic when you face the dilemma of a personal crossroads and find yourself either rushing headlong without direction [i.e. fatalism] or indecisive and failing to make any decision at all?
Solomon promises in Proverbs 2:9, if your heart yearns for godly wisdom and your ears are open to truth—God will give you wisdom and understanding!
Proverbs 2:9 – “Then shalt thou understand [discern; perceive] righteousness [right; justice], and judgment [justice], and equity [fair and good]; yea, every good [prosperous; pleasant] path.”
The complaint of the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz was, “If I only had a brain”. A verse of that song goes, “I’d unravel any riddle, For any individ’le, In trouble or in pain”…of course, if he only had a brain!
Life is not a riddle, but it is a journey with twists, turns and crossroads that demand discernment and good judgment. Unlike the scarecrow, you are not missing a brain, but do you have a heart for godly wisdom? If you humbly and sincerely pursue godly wisdom, Solomon promises:
Proverbs 2:9 – “Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.”
Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith