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Prov. 3:9-12

In Pursuit of Wisdom

Proverbs Podcasts 2020, #5

Warren E. Berkley

 Welcome to these podcasts I’ll be posting at least once a week, and the subject will be – the Old Testament book of Proverbs. This is #5, based on Prov. 3:9-12. Here’s our text:

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first-fruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

11 My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

The word “wealth” in this passage should not be understood as wealthy in the modern sense of having excess, being something like a millionaire or billionaire. That’s not the idea. If we impose that onto the passage, we are likely to dismiss any personal application. Most of us do not consider ourselves to be wealthy, in the common sense of the term.

Instead, consider this word as meaning – what you have, no matter how it compares with others. Your “wealth” is what you have. It may be monetary, but is inclusive of whatever you have.

The idea here is – use what you have to honor God. In good times or hard times; no matter the pain you may be going through or the suffering you may anticipate. Use what you have to honor God. Because, what you have is from Him.

Now, if we will do that, there is great spiritual prosperity we will enjoy. The barns and vats of this passage are containers – not of literal wheat, grain or wine. The promise is – as we honor God with whatever we have, we become recipients of spiritual blessings far greater than silver or gold; far higher and permanent than wheat, grain or wine.

Now, when bad things happen; when God permits us to be tested and tried – don’t turn against Him!

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of His reproof, for the Lord reproves him who He loves, as the son in whom he delights.”

Our earthly parents didn’t shield us from all pain and suffering; sometimes they were the administrators.

What were they doing? What is God doing? Training us, for our good.

More about this is expressed by the Holy Spirit in Hebrews chapter twelve. I encourage you to give that a good read and study. Heb. 12:3-17.

So to summarize this simple little paragraph in Proverbs three.

Whatever you have – time, opportunity, skill, access, money – whatever you have, use it in such a way, God is honored. He is glorified and His cause is advanced.

It will make you spiritually rich. Do that, even in hard times – giving heed to the warning, to not despise the discipline of the Lord.

Listen again before I close.

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first-fruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

11 My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

Thank you for listening.

 

 

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