Proverbs 8:32-36 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.
Everybody wants to be liked by at least somebody. We all would like to have people look favorably on what we do, and say. Some people will do almost anything to get people to like them, or at the very minimum, to notice them. They’ll attempt to buy their approval by giving gifts, or spending money on them. Others will try to force you into liking them. Maybe they have a place of power, and they try to hold that over you. Some folks try to become popular with the masses, believing that if the majority will like them, probably everyone will.
The saddest thing is, they spend years trying to gain man’s approval, and spend little, or no time trying to win God’s favor. It’s true, that God does love everyone. We are all His creation. However, He does not look favorably on everything we do.
The verses today tell us if we will find wisdom, true Godly wisdom, God looks favorably on us. Why? It’s because we have found the true meaning of life, and therefore life itself. Finding wisdom means we truly understand that God is the one we should listen to, and learn from. We have found that, if allowed, He will guide, and direct us. We have found that yielding our life to Him does not forfeit our life, but rather fortifies the life we live.
The other side of that coin is death. To not seek God, and His wisdom is to seek after death. Not just physical death, but spiritual death as well. It’s a life filled with doubts, and fears. A life controlled by what others think of you. A life lived for the world. Then later when looking back at that life, you’ll find it was really not much of a life at all.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
In Matt. 16:26 it says, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” What indeed. There’s no profit in death.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
1 Samuel 26 – 31 / Proverbs 8:32-36
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Joshua 23 – 24 / Luke 10:1-24
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