Day 21 - 40 Days in the Old Testament

Dr Jim Brown's TruNorth Devotional
40 Days in the Old Testament

Proverbs 3:3-6
“Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.  

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

The LORD wants His children to be wise. Thus, when Solomon answered the LORD that He wished for wisdom above all else, God was pleased and blessed him with it. Solomon was the author of nearly all of the Proverbs… which are appropriate today for ALL of us.

In Proverbs 3, we are taught not to lose mercy and truth. Other translations say "love and kindness" or similar.

Proverbs 4:7 says: “Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.” (NLT)

So here is a treasure chest of wise sayings and actions which have stood the test of time. Yes, technology has changed today, but what it takes to be wise – from God's point of view – has not. And therein is the rub for many with the Bible; it "seems" so out of date. But often, that put-down is just an excuse for not reading or putting into action things like in today's verse – "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."

Many today – even church-going Believers – do NOT want God telling them what to do. Subconsciously, they may figure that God doesn't know as much about the 21st century as they do. "God's Word may have been useful back then in the Bible days, but not today." More foolish words have never been spoken.

I regularly read through the Proverbs and have been doing so for a long time. I go by the calendar. If today is the 16th of the month, I read Proverbs 16. If the 30th, I read the 30th Proverb and so on. If you get behind, no worries; it’s easy to pick up on whatever date it is and keep going. Try it!

Prayer: LORD, teach me to be wise from Your Word. Your Word is truth. Amen.