Sunday, 3 May 2020
Proverbs 3:21-24 New Living Translation (NLT)
21 My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment.
Hang on to them,
22 for they will refresh your soul.
They are like jewels on a necklace.
23 They keep you safe on your way,
and your feet will not stumble.
24 You can go to bed without fear;
you will lie down and sleep soundly.
DON’T LET WISDOM OUT OF YOUR SIGHT
In the earlier chapters, King Solomon advises his son to find wisdom and get understanding like seeking for silver or hidden treasure. In these few verses, he advises his son when once you found it keep it or retain it. Hold on to it tightly, don’t let them out of your sight wherever you go.
Over the years, we have listened to many wonderful sermons. We often forget them. It is easy to acquire things but is hard to hold on to it. Is not enough to have a good start but we must also finish well. Solomon says if you continue to retain sound wisdom and discretion it will be real blessing all through your life. With wisdom from the Lord, we will be able to see through things. It will help us to say and do thing appropriately in a given situation.
When you keep sound wisdom and discretion or have common sense and discernment, the result “will be life for your soul.” On the other hand, when you do not have wisdom and discernment, there is no life for your soul. Many individuals and families live literally in death. They usually live in depression, dysfunctional, fear, anxiety, hopelessness, strife, misery and sleeplessness. But true wisdom and discernment give life. It refreshes your soul. With wisdom and discernment accompanying you daily, they will make you look good “like jewels on a necklace”. In the Old Testament, when a king honours a person. He will place a beautiful necklace of expensive jewellery on him. This denotes glory and honour. Similarly, when we walk with wisdom and discernment from the Lord, he will exalt our reputation.
There are many more benefits that will be ours when we live with common sense and discernment.
• They will keep us safe and secure.
• We will not slip or stumble.
• We can go to bed without fear.
• We will have sound and sweet sleep.
Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble.
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
It is one thing to achieve great fame, wealth and power. It is another thing to continue to keep them. We can learn many words of wisdom very quickly, but it takes a lifetime of faithfulness to retain them. This is what Solomon is telling his son in Proverbs 3.21. Keeping wisdom requires us to practice it daily. It requires us to be disciplined in making tough choices with the help of God. It is not going through the motion of being a Christian. We are just keeping a routine of Knowing all the right words, pray, reading of Bible and going to church. To really retain the wisdom of God requires us to be a doer of His word rather than just hearers only. We keep God’s wisdom in our heart and using it in all the things we do in our lives.
Prayer for today
Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Matt. 7.24
We praise You, Lord, for being the everlasting God, the Creator of all things. We praise You, Lord, for your way is perfect and You are holy. Lord, You are our shield, our fortress and our refuge during this pandemic. We don’t understand the situation but we trust your ways and your thoughts are higher than ours. We ask Lord to grant us much wisdom and discernment in all the confusion that has dawned on us. Hold our hands and lead us through this temporal storm of the Coronavirus.
We ask for your forgiveness for not consistently holding on to your word of wisdom. Help us to be faithful not only be hearers but doers of your word. Some of us have started well but along the way, we have been distracted by the things of the world. Help us to fix our eyes on you and be faithful to the end. Help us to finish well.
Lord, fear and anxiety of the future have robbed us of our peace, hope, joy and even our sleep. Give us wisdom and discernment so that we be able to make wise decision to plan for the future. Give us the humility to seek the wise counsel of older brothers and sisters so as to grow into maturity. Grant us your wisdom, increase our faith in You and we know fear will be driven away.
On this Lord’s Day, as we gather in each of our homes to worship, we ask that you will refresh and strengthen us to live in hope. As we partake of the Lord’s Supper, remind us of your love and sacrifice on the cross at Calvary.
Let’s make the Lord’s Supper a personal time with God.
Lord Jesus, I bow before you in humility and ask you to examine my heart today. Reveal to me anything that is not pleasing to You. Reveal any secret pride, any unconfessed sin, any unforgiveness that may be hindering my relationship with You. I know I am your child because I have received you into my heart and life as Lord and Saviour
As I take the bread and the cup, I am reminded of the agonizing pain You have gone through as the supreme sacrifice for my sin. Thank you, Jesus, you have overcome the power of death. You are my Living God and Saviour.
Lord, I want to recommit my life to you as a living sacrifice. Fill me with the Power of your Holy Spirit, so that I can live for you. Help me to stay close to you. Help me to love You more and more, to love my family to love the lost people around me. Teach me to be faithful in sharing what Christ has done for me till you come again. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Jude 24-25. Amen.
Pastor Isaac Yim