Friday, November 4, 2016

I Have Confidence

Real Confidence from Proverbs 3:21-28

21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment,
    do not let them out of your sight;
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 your confidence
    and will keep your foot from being snared.

Solomon was known as a man of great wisdom and the Proverbs are filled with his words which will lead us to making wise choices. He would have us to know that wisdom in the life of the believer is a learned set of principles based on following those ideals which are pure and right. The segment of Proverbs 3 above comes in the form of promises that belong to those whose lives are an example of such wisdom. 

The earlier verses of Proverbs 3 encourage us to make choices which will not only determine the direction we want our lives to go, but choices which will exemplify who we are.  Let's look at some examples:

Verses 1-2  - Keeping the commandments and teachings close to our hearts will bring long life and prosperity. 

Verses 3-4 - If love and faithfulness are always in our lives, they will bring about the favor of both God and man.  (There is a truth that is needed in every corner of our lives and our world!)

Verses 5-6 - Trusting completely in Lord, in every situation, acknowledging Him, brings His guidance into right paths. 

Verses 7-8 - Don't be wise in your own eyes, but have a reverent fear of the Lord, and He will bring  health to our bodies.

Verses 9-10 - Honor God with your income of wealth, placing Him first, and he will honor you with abundance. 

In the wisdom we learn from Solomon's writings, we find confidence. Verse 26 assures us, "  the Lord will be your confidence."


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