Saturday, 2nd May 2020
Proverbs 2: 9 – 15
9 Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
13 who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,
14 who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15 whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.
Pastor Isaac had already written on Proverbs 2: 1-8 last month on April 2. For the benefit of those who have missed that, to recap, those eight verses say if we accept God’s Word, store up His commands, turn our ears to wisdom, apply our hearts to understanding, call and cry out for insight and understanding, look and search for it like silver or hidden treasure, THEN we will understand what it means to fear God, gain knowledge of God, obtain His wisdom and His protection.
Verse 9 also starts with the word THEN we will understand what is right and just and fair – every good path. The fear of God occurs 11 times in Proverbs (and “fear the Lord” occurs 4 times). The fear of the Lord means an affectionate reverence to recognise God’s character and respond by revering, trusting, worshiping, obeying and serving Him. The essence of true knowledge is fearing God. Apart from Him, a person is ignorant of spiritual things (Rom. 1:22; Eph. 4:18; 1 Peter 1:14).
These seven verses remind us that when we look and seek and search for God’s wisdom, knowledge and understanding, it will protect, guard and save us from those who are wicked and crooked. People who are out there to lead us astray or to harm us. Yes, my dear brothers and sisters, as God’s children we all need to have an “affectionate reverence” for Him who gave His one and only Son to die for us so we will have forgiveness of sin and eternal life. And our response to that should be trusting, worshiping, obeying and serving Him with all that He has blessed us with. Are we all doing that? Are we drawing ourselves closer to Him or living our lives any way we want?
As the MCO has been extended to 12th May and maybe even beyond that, do we continue to trust God for our uncertain future? Our family? Our job? Our business? Our health? Our church? Our brothers and sisters? Our friends? Are we worshiping, obeying and serving Him more now than before the MCO? The answer to all those questions may throw a little light on our relationship with our heavenly Father.
Dear God, help us to have an affectionate reverence for you. Help us all to seek Your wisdom, Your understanding and Your knowledge. Thank you Lord for your reminder that when we ask, it will be given to us, when we seek, we will find and when we knock, the door will be opened to us for your promise is that “For everyone who ask receives, he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matt 7: 8).
Lord, we want to remember those who have not been to church for a while for whatever reason. Speak to them Lord and impress upon them their need for you, for apart from You, we can do nothing.
We want to also remember those who are not well, homebound and staying alone. Please protect them, Lord, from harm and keep them safe. Provide all their needs Lord, may that be spiritual, physical, financial, emotional or any other. Help us to be a channel of blessing to them.
We want to remember those front-liners who are daily risking their lives to save others. Give them good health and protect them from Covid 19 and any other form of illness. Protect and take care of their families while they are at work. Pray also for those who have contacted Covid 19 and those who are recovering from it. Protect all of us Lord and keep us safe and healthy.
In Jesus Name we pray all these. AMEN
以撒牧师已经在四月二日分享了箴言2：1-8。 简要地说, 这八节经文讲述如果我们接受上帝的话语，将他的命令存记在心，侧耳听智慧，专心求聪明，寻找它如同寻找银子和宝藏，那么我们将明白何谓敬畏上帝，也能够更认识他，得着他的智慧和保护。