Day 3 – Proverbs 3

Today’s post is written by Nate McCartney one of our Elders at FBC.

My son, do not forget my teaching…

When I was 5 years old, I REALLY wanted a new bicycle. My parents, wanting to teach me the value of money and earning what I wanted or needed, made a deal with me. For every verse of the Bible I learned, I would earn fifty cents. I needed fifty dollars to buy the bike, which meant that I had to memorize 100 verses in order to pay for the bike. Having wise parents, they suggested that I memorize a chapter of Proverbs, and landed upon Proverbs 3.

I can still recite a pretty good portion of it to this day, and will NEVER forget the first few verses. Having to start at the beginning of the chapter, I said the first few verses the most times…thus, they are forever etched into my memory bank. My son, do not forget my teaching. Either that is ironic, or great planning on the part of wise parents.

The bicycle is long gone – sold at a garage sale when I was in the 8th grade. But the scripture I had to memorize to get the bike has paid off WAY more than any old bike. Now, I’m not saying it’s the right thing to do to bribe your kids into memorizing scripture, but I am saying that any way you can get them to do so will be for their benefit, and your own.

Now, the chapter its self has an over arching theme that is very simple. Solomon states a virtue, and then states the benefits of attaining or living out that virtue. It can be simply stated as “Do the right thing”. Who knew…Spike Lee had it right all along.

Verse 24 has perhaps the most impact on WHY we need to do the right thing. It simply states that, if you do the right thing, “when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet”. I’m sure all of us, at some point, have done things in our lives that have gnawed at our bellies when we’re trying to sleep. Those things that keep you up at night, much more than the every day “did I close the garage door or not” type of things. The things we’ve been putting off even though they are the right thing to do, but may be a difficult thing to do. The longer we put them off, the more it gnaws at us, the more restless we become. We know it can all be resolved if we just give it up to God and Do The Right Thing!

It’s amazing the peace that comes from doing what is right. Even if the result is not to our benefit, doing right brings about peace. Knowing that we have pleased God puts our hearts at rest. Knowing we are in good relationship with Him makes even our SLEEP better. Doing the right thing means that He will “bless the house of the righteous”.

When in doubt, just do the right thing…then get some sleep.

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11 comments

  1. We can all recite vs. 5-6, but v. 7 is just as important. “Be not wise in your own eyes;
    “fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.” Pride causes me to get my eyes off of God and focus of my wants, desires, etc.

  2. 3:3 – “Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Its one thing to know about kindness and truth, its another to eternalize them…. ie “write them on the tablet of my heart”… for it is then and only then “they” become apart of my life style.

  3. I saw the primary theme to be “do the right thing.” Doing the right thing includes doing things that we may not want to do when we know it is the right thing to do. This also includes fearing the Lord, and trusting him whole heartedly. It reminds me of a situation that I was recently in. There was a broken friendship, and it literally took 6 months to come to the realization that I needed to apologize. I did NOT want to apologize, and felt that I hadn’t been in the wrong. However, the Holy Spirit continued to speak to me in many, various ways. I apologized because it was the right thing to do, because things could have been handled differently and they could have been said differently. Part of me did not want to apologize and ask for forgiveness for fear of being rejected. I lost many nights of sleep, and many moments throughout the day because it consumed me. Since apologizing, I can now say that I’ve been forgiven by our loving God, and I now sleep much better because I chose to fear the Lord, I chose to listen, and obey. My burden has been lifted. :o)

  4. Pretty awesome all the way around. I have a question. EVERY day when I have sat down to do this my children have suddenly gotten out of control! Either needing something or crying, even my husband got the “please just don’t talk to me until I finish this speech”… Now I know the devil is a liar and will NOT let me have time to do this, but can he use my children to try to block me? Shew, stupid Devil, he knows how stubborn I am… WILL get this done! 🙂

  5. Phillip can the devil use my kids like that? Is that a crazy person question?? I didn’t think he could really mess with them at such a young age…. Confused.

    1. He would cause things to happen to get your focus off of following God in your reading… It is not that he is possessing your children but it is a spiritual battle going on that is trying to prevent you from doing it.

      Your kids are safe….

      Does that help?

  6. We have a student Bible that has a great note about verse 6 and walking with God. It says, “In the original Hebrew ‘in all your ways acknowledge him’ is more literally ‘in all your ways KNOW him.’ Nodding in God’s direction is not enough; you must know him by living closely with him, relating to him personally in every aspect of your life.”
    This is the kind of know that Nate was talking about on Sunday I believe. The Greek word is ginosko. To really, REALLY know God is to experience God in all areas of our life. By seeking the knowledge and understanding that Proverbs has been speaking of so far, I believe I’m on the way. I like how in Proverbs 2:10 says that knowledge will become attractive to me and pleasant to my soul. That’s where I am right now, seeing the Bible as not a task but a tool, and yearning to learn more is actually a pretty cool feeling.

  7. As I studied today, Proverbs 3:7 struck me…especially the “fear the Lord” part. Additionally, Proverbs 3:19-20 made an impression- that it was important for us to note the role of wisdom in creation. Isaiah 33:6 came to mind – “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

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