Good morning ladies! I can’t believe we’re already on day 4 of this plan! And yes, I’ll probably be saying that each time I write the daily post! I’m torn between not wanting to move onto the next day: all the comments, tweets and photos are challenging me so much! But then I find myself so excited to go to sleep: when I wake in the morning I get to read more of His Truth and learn even more from y’all.
Good problem to have, right?
I’m declaring it honest hour. So whatever hour you happen to be reading this post on Proverbs 4, is Honest Hour for you! [PS: every hour is honest hour, I'm just having a bit of fun. :o) ]
Here it goes:
I get so nervous typing these posts.
I want y’all to see my heart. I hope you see that I pray for wisdom, yet typically walk around with a foot in my mouth. I want to wake up with the sun and give God the firsts of my day, and I usually snooze the alarm. I want you to see that I am reading right along with you: I miss days of reading, I read scripture and go “huh?,” and those are just a few reasons why I’m so thankful for you all.
We are so blessed to be in it with you, and I know I speak for all of us when I say how challenged we are by the wisdom you all have. Thank you for not hoarding it. Thank you for sharing it with us, as we seek Him together!
Let’s begin, eh?
Day 4 | Chapter 4
As I read through Chapter 4, I began to see that it shifted part way through: beginning with wisdom and ending with perhaps the result of a life of wisdom? I wasn’t sure.
I decided to use a commentary to help me look at how this chapter broke down. I ended up looking at a few, but Matthew Henry’s commentary [available online for use here] had a breakdown that made sense and really struck me.
Exhortation to the study of wisdom. [vs 1-13]
Cautions against bad company, Exhortation to faith and holiness. [vs 14-27]
It’s honest hour, right? Confession: I couldn’t tell you what the definition of exhortation is if I tried, so I looked it up.
noun /ˌegzôrˈtāSHən/ /ˌeksôr-/
- An address or communication emphatically urging someone to do something
Emphatically urging someone to do something.
Verses 1-13 are emphatically urging us to study wisdom.
My father taught me,
“Take my words to heart.
Follow my commands, and you will live. Get wisdom; develop good judgment.
Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.
Love her, and she will guard you. Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do!
[Proverbs 4:4-7; New Living Translation]
Verses 14-27 are emphatically urging us to faith and holiness, while cautioning against bad company.
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you. Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you.
[Proverbs 4: 23-25; Amplified Bible]
A few days ago, Raechel walked us through praying Scripture. Today, I’d like for you to read through chapter 4 using a translation/version you maybe haven’t used before. YouVersion has a handful of translations for you to use!
Write down the verses that stand out to you.
Read Chapter 4 again in another translation.
Write down the verses that God presses against your heart: they may be the same, they may be different.
If you’d like to read it in a few other translations, awesome!
Next, using these verses, write down a prayer that is specific to your life, using the words of His Truth. If you feel comfortable doing so, share in the comments. [You can comment anonymously if that helps!] Or if you’d like to share which verses you wrote down, and perhaps what you learned from them, I know this community wil be blessed by the verses you share.
What specific ways can we emphatically urge one another towards wisdom, faith, and holiness?
How, in your life, are you seeking wisdom? Is there someone in your life who displays this life of wisdom? How so?
I come before you as a child seeking advice. Give me the sight to take your words to heart and live them daily; thank you for your over abundance of grace when I fall short. Lord, I desire your wisdom. I know your directions lead me to to know you if I listen and follow.
Lord, I want to be right living. I want to shine brighter for You each and every day that I live on this earth. Teach me to listen well. Show me the sound of your voice, so that I hear it when you faintly whisper. Amen.
I want to tune my ears to hear His voice.
Just a few boring housekeeping things!
1. Weekly Truth will be back next week! Thanks for being patient as got into a new groove of more involved daily posts! We LOVE that y’all want to keep memorizing scripture!! It is a big step in becoming more wise, faithful, and holy!
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3. We love you all. Close your eyes. And imagine one, big, giant bear hug with all some odd thousand[s?] of us. I hope that made you smile.