My papa always told me that wisdom was more valuable than money when I was younger. He claimed that wisdom is more valuable than any precious gem mined from the earth’s depths. He always encourages me to be on time and participate in class. And he also encourages me to attend Bible studies on Sundays.
I belong to a frugal family, and my papa used to tell me that the only thing he could leave me was an education. Practically, I must be patient in my studies and give my all in class and even during Sunday school. Although he did not expect me to become a top-tier performer, he did expect me to learn as much as I could.
I had no idea why he kept saying these things to me. I was only silent, listening to his words and hoping that he’d finish soon. Until time has passed, I’ve learned and understood the secret.
Sunday Readings Proverbs 03
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Wisdom Bestows Well-Being
1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
13 Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.
19 By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;
20 by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion;
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 at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.
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 tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you.
29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.
30 Do not accuse anyone for no reason— when they have done you no harm.
31 Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways.
32 For the LORD detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.
33 The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.
34 He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.
35 The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.
Our life’s purpose is to become a better person on the inside and out. After all, we were made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). And education is an excellent means of acquiring wisdom and understanding. Wisdom entails well-being.
Education is endless. We must continue to thrive and grow within ourselves. As humans, we make mistakes as a result of poor decisions. And, to limit and avoid making poor decisions, we must continue to expose ourselves to knowledge.
Proverbs chapter three contains several relatable quotations that teach and remind us how to deal with various situations. For instance, verse 27 says, do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to act. This verse made me reflect on the following:
- On-time payment of debts
- Choosing and supporting a charitable organization
- To help somebody in need even if they do not ask.
- To remain humble despite having power, influence, or wealth.
- To become more sensitive to others.
Isn’t that wonderful? Which verse stood out to you the most? And what thoughts do you have when you think of the verse?
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