Mark 16:15

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Blessings of Wisdom (3)

In this final installment under this subject, we are looking at brother Dehoff’s third division of the third chapter of Proverbs: the confidence and security of those who walk with God (Prov. 3:21-35). Note: See bulletin articles for the previous two weeks for other parts of this discussion.
Solomon has been discussing wisdom and understanding (v. 13). In this final segment, he continues by saying, “My son, let not them depart from thine eyes.” The main thrust here is the security that wisdom gives. The word “them” (plural) refers to both wisdom and discretion. Notice also the stern warning that wisdom and discretion may be lost, escape, slip away or depart before our eyes. This means that a constant watch or guard must be in place at all times to prevent this and to retain the blessings he lists next. He then adds this sage remark, “keep sound wisdom and discretion” (v. 1).
He follows this with a list of numerous blessings that will be ours if we follow these instructions. They include: (1) they will be life to your soul and grace (adornment, ESV) to your neck” (v. 22). (2) “Then shalt thou walk in thy way securely, And thy foot shall not stumble” (v. 23). Here it is clearly indicated that wisdom means walking with God. And that means doing his will, keeping his commandments, and doing so continually. (3) “When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: Yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet” (v. 24).
And while speaking of fear, Solomon adds, “Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh: For the Lord will be thy confidence and will keep thy foot from being taken” (vs. 25-26).
Some have seen little connection to the preceding verses when we come to verses 28-35, but it seems to me that G. Campbell Morgan stated it right: “The value of the book of Proverbs is its revelation of the application of wisdom to all sorts and conditions of people, and to the ordinary affairs of human life” (
The Unfolding Message of the Bible, 1961, p. 226). He gives instructions on proper dealings with our neighbor (vs. 27-29), instructions relative to strife without cause, and instructions for us to “Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways” (v. 31). Please notice the choice to enjoy all of these blessings of wisdom is ours!
Let me conclude this review of this marvelous chapter by exhorting one and all to seek wisdom, understanding, and discretion. I close with Solomon’s final words in this section: “The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesses the habitation of the just. Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.”
With these thoughts fresh on your mind, go back and read this entire chapter and rejoice in the blessings it promises to those who seek wisdom.

Paul M. Wilmoth