Day 37 | Don't Follow Your Gut!

Proverbs 3
In All Your Ways Acknowledge Him
1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my mitzvot.
2 For length of days and years of life, and shalom they will add to you.
3 Let kindness and truth never leave you— bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will gain favor and a good name in the eyes of God and man.
5 Trust in Adonai with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Adonai and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.
9 Honor Adonai with your wealth and with the first of your entire harvest.
10 Then your barns will be filled with plenty, your vats will overflow with new wine.
Discipline as the Father’s Love
11 My son, never despise Adonai’s discipline or dread His correction
12 For Adonai loves those He reproves, even as a father, the son in whom he delights.
Precious Pearls, A Tree of Life
13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding.
14 For her trade-value is better than silver, and her yield better than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels and nothing you desire compares to her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand. In her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all of her paths are shalom
18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her, and blessed will be all who hold firmly to her.
19 By wisdom Adonai founded the earth. By understanding He established the heavens.
20 By His knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds drip dew.
21 My son, hold on to sound wisdom and discernment, do not let them out of your sight.
22 They will be life to your soul, and an ornament to grace your neck.
23 Then you will walk 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 terror, or of the devastation of the wicked when it comes.
26 For Adonai will be your confidence and will keep your foot from a snare.
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 later— I’ll give it tomorrow,” when you have it with you.
29 Do not plot evil against your neighbor while he lives trustfully beside you.
30 Do not quarrel with a man for no reason —if he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways.
32 For the devious are detestable to Adonai, but He takes the upright into His confidence.
33 Adonai’s curse is on a wicked house, but He blesses a righteous home.
34 Though He scoffs at the scoffers, He gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise inherit honor, but fools are held up in disgrace.

REFLECT

When we hit a difficult time in our lives, many of us pick up the phone and call someone we know. As we “vent” (i.e. complain!), advice will come which may or may not be sound counsel. Or, instead of calling someone, we might just rely on our “gut” instinct, doing what we feel is best. In this passage, Solomon is advising his readers not to rely on their own understanding but instead to trust God. When we do, he will give us the wisdom, provision, and guidance we need. The book of James says: “He (God) gives wisdom liberally to all who ask for it.” Let’s seek His wisdom in our lives today.

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