I've been led by God to study Proverbs 3:1-12 to help me set priorities for the new year and beyond. I encourage everyone to look at this passage because I feel it tells us everything in a nutshell that we need to get the right perspective in things in our lives. I am focusing particularly on verses five and six because I've done way too much relying on my own understanding. But once I released this to God in prayer, things have changed so much. I find it easier to concentrate on what God says about me, not what I think or feel or what other people think. After all, God knows me better than anyone and can meet my needs in awesome new ways if only I ask!
One thing I've done in this study that I have not one before is to read the same passage every day. I usually want to continue in my reading to new parts, which is good too, but it is so neat to return to the same passage because it teaches me new things each time I read it. I don't know about the rest of you, but I think that Proverbs can be a little hard to understand, so slower is better!
This is the passage I'm reading:
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
3 My son,
do not forget my teachings,
and keep my commands in mind,
2 because they will bring you
long life, good years, and peace.
3 Do not let mercy and truth leave you.
Fasten them around your neck.
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will find favor and much success
in the sight of God and humanity.
5 Trust the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths smooth.[a]
7 Do not consider yourself wise.
Fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 Then your body will be healed,
and your bones will have nourishment.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the first and best part of all your income.
10 Then your barns will be full,
and your vats will overflow with fresh wine.
11 Do not reject the discipline of the Lord, my son,
and do not resent his warning,
12 because the Lord warns the one he loves,
even as a father warns a son with whom he is pleased.