I remember years ago when Proverbs 3:5-6 burned its message into my heart. The passage which speaks of “trusting in the Lord…and He will direct your paths” is a very succinct way of describing our relationship with God as we put Him first in our lives. This passage was also very meaningful to Eric Wooten, a former youth pastor at our church. He shared often with students and adults how this passage had helped to shape his life and offered it frequently as a guiding verse for young people who were seeking direction.
In May, adults in Sunday Morning Bible Study will be examining this passage along with many others as we talk about relationships in light of the wisdom of Proverbs. The first lesson of the month builds a foundation as we see from chapter 3 that as we are to “think about Him in all our ways”. With God as our primary focus, our daily lives will take a direction that He promises to guide.
If our relationship with God is solid, then our relationship with others will be right as well. God gives wisdom to all who ask (James 1:5) and in Proverbs 3: 13-18 wisdom is described as being better than riches and that “she” brings life, happiness and peaceful living. With that type of wisdom our relationships with others will be one of generosity and support. A wise person will know how to help others when needed, how to deal with neighbors, how to remain silent.
Wisdom is a virtue that God bestows on us as we stay connected with Him. We may be smart or have ample common sense, but the person who seeks the wisdom from God emerges as a person that God will bless and use to accomplish His purposes on earth.
I hope you will attend this Sunday as we begin our journey through the Book of Wisdom, Proverbs and allow His Word to transform our relationships.
Things to Ponder:
Are you trusting in God, yourself, your education and skills, the stock market or something else (fill in the blank)___________?
Are there any areas of your life you have not trusted God with yet?
Who do you consider wise? How did they become wise?
Wisdom with relationships is important. Proverbs 3:27 says not to withhold good from others. What does this mean? Have you had something withheld from you? Have you withheld good from others?