I struggled as I thought about these verses. It sounds like the prosperity gospel. The Bible makes it clear that we will have trials and difficulties (James 1:2-3, Phil. 1:29). However, through those challenges, God provides His wisdom to help make our paths straight (Proverbs 3:6). While trials cause pain, wisdom provides life and blessing (Proverbs 3:18). I find that thought comforting.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing wisdom brings. Thank You for providing help through life’s trials. Please give me the strength to hold fast to wisdom and follow Your way.
This passage tells us the worth of wisdom and understanding. We live in a materialistic society that often values money and possessions over wisdom.
I know God is truth. Everything He gives is true including His word. The more I seek God’s way, the more depth I find in life. Money can buy some fun thing and I need it to live. However, I would rather amass the knowledge and understanding that comes from studying God’s wisdom. I have found more depth of friendship, more peace, and more satisfaction in life when I fill my life with God. I just need more consistency in seeking true wisdom. I’m so glad God does not give up on me.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for providing wisdom and telling me how much it is worth. Thank You for Your patience with me when I want to go my own way. Please help me to seek true wisdom and send me reminders when I seek my own.
I really don’t think of discipline and delight together without a negative. Discipline does not seem delightful while it is happening (Hebrews 12:11). However, these verses tell us how the two words can co-exist. God the Father delights in those who place their trust in Jesus Christ. His delight and love move Him to provide discipline and rebuke to change us into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). Discipline is painful, but worth it.
Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to view Your discipline as a sign of love. I know You want the best for me. Thank You for providing the rebuke I need.
I appreciate all there is to learn from the Proverbs. God’s Word is full of wisdom to help me through life. Proverbs 3:7 warns against self-sufficiency – thinking my way. The verse then reminds me to fear the Lord. Turning from evil should be a natural part of fearing the Lord.
I find verse 8 interesting – healing and refreshment are a direct result of fearing the Lord. I believe in getting medical care where appropriate. However, I wonder how much trouble we cause ourselves through our own wisdom. Hmm. Something to ponder.
Dear Heavenly Father, please show me where I follow my own wisdom. Help me to fear You and turn away from evil. Thank You for the healing and refreshment You give.