Proverbs 3

Week 3 – Proverbs 3

In this chapter we will be looking into chapter 3 of the Book of Proverbs.  So as per usual, let us start by reading today’s chapter.

Proverbs 3:1-35

  1. My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,
  2. for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
  3. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
  4. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
  5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
  6. in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  7. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.
  8. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
  9. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
  10. then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
  11. My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke,
  12. because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
  13. Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,
  14. for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
  15. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
  16. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
  17. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
  18. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.
  19. By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;
  20. by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
  21. My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion;
  22. they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.
  23. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.
  24. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
  25. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
  26. for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.
  27. Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
  28. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you.
  29. Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.
  30. Do not accuse anyone for no reason — when they have done you no harm.
  31. Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways.
  32. For the Lord detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.
  33. The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.
  34. He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.
  35. The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.

Section 1 – Listen to Wisdom (verse 1 – 4)

Majority of Proverbs is about the author sharing wisdom with his son. Teaching him valuable life lessons that will keep him on the right path in his life. It becomes clear in Proverbs that this is one of the jobs you have as a parent.

Verse 2 reminds me of another verse; Ephesians 6:1-3

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.  Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”

Do you see how Proverbs 3:2 links up with Ephesians 6:3?

Section 2 – Trust God (verse 5 – 10)

Trusting God can sometimes be so difficult. Especially as we grow older and have more responsibilities. It is so hard to trust when circumstances are staring you in the face; like paying your bills and you don’t have enough money to do so. When your business is struggling, etc. Teaching your kids to trust the Lord is one of the biggest things you can ever teach them.

If I can give you some advice, find a way to get your kids to memorize verse 5 and 6. Right it somewhere so they can see it every day. Install this in them from a young age.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Section 3 – Punishment (verse 11 – 12)

God disciplining us? What? Can a loving God “punish” his children?

Sadly, a lot of Christians do not believe that a loving God will discipline his people. Or discipline anyone for that matter. But verse 12 says that God discipline those who he loves. If you read the numerous stories in the Bible, you will see how many of the people in the Bible that were close to God were punished. Here are a few examples:

  • Moses weren’t allowed to enter the promise land
  • David lost his child at birth
  • Samson lost all of his powers

These are only three examples of God “punishing” people that were close to Him. In fact, God called Moses his friend, and said David was a man dear to His heart. Yet, God punished and disciplined them. What makes us so special and better than Moses, David and Samson?

A parent disciplines their children because they love them. They want to teach them that there are consequences for their actions, and to learn from their mistakes. Not to make them again. And God does the same with us.

Section 4 – It is well with those who has wisdom (verse 13 – 20)

In these few verse we read that it is wise to gain wisdom, because you will have a much more blessed life. Verse 13 says it so beautifully:

“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,”

Again, help your kids understand the great value of having wisdom.

Section 5 – Don’t be Afraid (verse 25 – 26)

Isn’t it great to read how God keeps reminding us not to fear or to be afraid? Going back to verse 5 and 6, we need to trust Him. We read in this section just again on why we shouldn’t be afraid.

Section 6 – Do’s and Don’t’s (verse 27 – 35)

In these verses we read a few guidelines to live by. Things we should and shouldn’t do.

Let us summarise them quickly:

Do’s

  • Be righteous
  • Be humble
  • Be wise

Don’t’s

  • Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due
  • Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you.
  • Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.
  • Do not accuse anyone for no reason — when they have done you no harm.
  • Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways.
  • Do not be perverse
  • Do not be wicked
  • Do not mock others
  • Do not be a fool