From the Book of Proverbs:

Now therefore hearken unto Me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep My ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts of My doors. For whoso findeth Me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. But he that sinneth against Me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate Me love death (Prov. 8:32-36).

It could be said that the book of Proverbs represents itself as a school master whose mission is to impart godly wisdom on the students of the Word of God. With that being the case, we should apply ourselves to diligently studying under its tutelage. Here in Proverbs chapter eight, Solomon challenges us to do exactly that. He invites us to open our ears and our minds while simultaneously allowing what we hear to be inscribed on our hearts so that it can be of use in our daily lives.

Now therefore hearken unto Me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep My ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts of My doors. For whoso findeth Me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. But he that sinneth against Me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate Me love death (Prov. 8:32-36).

It could be said that the book of Proverbs represents itself as a school master whose mission is to impart godly wisdom on the students of the Word of God. With that being the case, we should apply ourselves to diligently studying under its tutelage. Here in Proverbs chapter eight, Solomon challenges us to do exactly that. He invites us to open our ears and our minds while simultaneously allowing what we hear to be inscribed on our hearts so that it can be of use in our daily lives.

According to Solomon, the first thing we must do is ensure that we hear the instructions that are being laid out for us in the Word of God. From cover to cover, the Bible is filled with God's wisdom. We must learn to apply our full attention to the study of God's Word, prayerfully watching daily at His gates as He directs our understanding. Otherwise, we may find ourselves reading the Bible simply for the sake of reading alone. Secondly, we must be willing to do more than study the Word of God. We must be ready and willing to put the things we learn into action. We must understand that the Bible is not just comprised of words on a page, but is instead the living Word of God. If we allow it to, it will come off the pages and brand itself on our hearts, transforming us into the likeness of Jesus Christ. But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass (James 1:22-23).

God has made an unbreakable promise to each of those who hear the entirety of His Word and act upon it. If we allow ourselves to be a part of this group, then we will find ourselves blessed in ways that we will not ever be able to fully understand. Scripture, as recorded here in Proverbs, states that to do these will ensure that we find the Lord and that we findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. In the New Testament, this promise is revealed to be the promise of salvation in Christ Jesus, and the favor we will find as we are welcomed into the family of God. Of course, there are two sides to every coin. The person who does not learn from, and act on, the Word of God has been given a promise also. Without the instruction of the Bible, we are destined to live a life of sin. A life full of unrepented sin will only carry us in one direction, the direction of death and eternal torment. We urge you to diligently study and seek the understanding of God's Word while applying it to your life.

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness (Rom. 6:16)?

Thought for Today:

You can never give more than God.

Christ Revealed:

As the Creator who prepared the heavens (Prov. 8:27- 31). The heavens are the works of Thine hands (Heb. 1:10, John 1:3).

Word Studies:

8:12 of witty inventions = with wise insight; 8:29 his decree = its boundary; 9:7 getteth himself a blot = gets insults in return; 10:1 heaviness = grief, shame; 10:4 slack = negligent, lazy; 10:8 prating fool = self-sufficient know-it-all; 11:6 naughtiness = wickedness.

Prayer Needs:

Pray For Staff: Judy McCrary • Government Officials: Rep. Robert Aderholt (AL), Rep. John Larson (CT) • Country: Tokelau (1,337) South Pacific Ocean • Major Language: Tokelauan, English, Samoan • 58.2% Congregational Christian Church; 36.6% Roman Catholic; 1.8% Presbyterian; 2.8% Other Christian; 0.1% Spiritualism and New Age; 0.5% Unspecified • Prayer Suggestion: Be glad in the Lord and rejoice at all times (Ps. 32:11).

Devotion courtesy Bible Pathway Ministries