Proverbs – Chapter 30 –
Three Things You Should Know about God’s Word
Proverbs 30:5-6 –
- Every word of the Lord is tested and purified (Ps 12:6, 18:30, 19:8, 119:140). For this reason we can have complete confidence in His Word.
- From the Word we know that He is our shield and our refuge. (Gen 15:1, Psa 84:11, 91:2, 144:2)
- Do not adjust God’s Word to your liking because it is not open to private interpretation (2 Pet 1:20) God warns us repeatedly about the danger of distorting His Word to make it say what we want (Deut 4:2, 12:32, Rev 22:18-19). This offense has serious consequences (Gal 1:8-9).
Two Prayer Requests of the Wise
Proverbs 30:7-9 –
- Remove falsehood and lies far from me.
This is a choice we must make: to not deceive others or not deceive ourselves. We must desire to withhold the law and maintain our values without compromise and hypocrisy (Psa 119:29, 119:33-37).
2. Give me neither poverty nor riches – Feed me with the food that is needful for me.
This reminds me of the Lord’s Prayer: “Give us this day our daily bread” (Mat 6:11). As we seek His Kingdom all our needs are met (Mat 6:33) and we can be content (1 Tim 6:6-8). He supplies all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19).
Use Wisdom with Your Words or Be Silent
Pro 30:32 – “If you have done foolishly in exalting yourself, or if you have thought evil, lay your hand upon your mouth.” (Ampl)
Today we would say: zip your lip.
There are many other Proverbs instructing us about controlling our tongue. The problem is that what comes out of our mouth is determined by what is in our heart (Lk 6:45, James 3:2). Our words reveal what is in us and if we lack wisdom we can produce serious trouble.
On the other hand, words of wisdom can result in great blessings for us and others.
- Pro 6:2 – Our words can be a snare to us.
- Pro 10:11 – The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
- Pro 12:14 – A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, And the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.
- Pro 13:3 – He who guards his mouth keeps his life; he who opens his lips wide is ruined.
- Pro 17:28 – Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.
- Pro 18:20 – A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; he shall be satisfied with the produce of his lips.
- Pro 21:23 – Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from distresses.
I thank you Father, for Your Word. Give me understanding as I read it, study it and meditate on it. Help me to trust in Your Word and write it in my heart where it can produce the fruit You sent it for. I believe that as I will trust you and seek your kingdom all my needs will be met. Because Your Holy Spirit is dwelling in me, He will give me understanding and my thoughts and my words will produce blessings.
Thank you Lord, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!
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