So, let's get back to the Bible verses. Tonight we are looking at four verses in Proverbs 3.
Verse 7. Again, as in previous portions in Proverbs, we read about not being wise in our own sight; wisdom comes from 'fearing the Lord' - worshipping Him, giving Him the glory, reverencing His holy name. Being wise also means to stay clear of evil - don't get involved with it in any way - evil only brings pain and heartache to those who meddle with it. Only God can bring good out of evil, as for example, He did with Joseph, but don't be the one who causes pain to others through evil words, thoughts or deeds.
Verse 9. This verse is about honouring the Lord with your tithe. Give your tenth to God, and do it willingly. Set aside a tenth of your income for Him. It's not that God is asking for a huge 10% and only leaving us with the rest; everything we have belongs fully to Him and He just asks for 10% and gives us a huge 90%. Think about it...when you work (with the health that God gives you), the government takes a hefty 20% off all taxpayers (or more, depending on your income). But all God asks for is half of that, just 10%. If you tithe your money as soon as your pay comes in, you won't even miss it. I'm going to be totally honest with you here - I tithe every month when my pay comes in, and with sensible money management, I can STILL save money every month! The Lord sees and knows it when we obey Him and He does indeed bless us. I am always amazed and thrilled by how good the Lord is to me. He blesses me abundantly, and I don't just mean financially, but in so many ways. Remember that the Lord loves a cheerful giver and when we are generous to the Lord and His work, He always rewards us!
Verse 10. And here's how much we are blessed! "...filled with plenty..." and "presses shall burst out...". There is enough, more than enough and absolute abundance here! God is a generous God. He has so much to give and He is not selfish. He wants us to have blessings abundant and what do we have to do? Simple - be obedient!
- Pray that the Lord will give you a generous heart and spirit towards Him, His work and His servants (eg missionaries)
- Ask Him to help you have nothing to do with evil; pray that He will keep you close to Himself and away from things that would grieve Him and harm His witness and testimony in your life.
Hugs, Karen x