The saving feature of wisdom encompasses the totality of our lives. We are confronted from all sides with temptation to sin. This temptation isn't exclusive to men for woman face the same temptation to sin as men. I think Solomon's aim, however, in framing how wisdom will save is to highlight the totality of our lives. That is, all around us we face temptations to sin and in all circumstances we need God's wisdom to avoid sin. This helps punctuate the idea that who we are exposed to and influenced by determines the degree of exposure to temptation to sin.
Proverbs 2:1-5 provide 6 ingredients on how to fear and know God, so it makes sense that Solomon would point us to the actual source of this wisdom...from the mouth of Lord himself. In light of this, there are several promises Solomon outlines in verses 7-11 the nature and course of God's wisdom.
The meaning of the phrase "fear of the Lord" (found in Proverbs 1:7) is unpacked for us Proverbs 2:1-5. In the blog, titled, I Need Wisdom, I provided John MacArthur's definition of what it means to fear the Lord. Pastor MacArthur provided an answer as it relates to a state of mind of an individual. … Continue reading 6 Ingredients to Fear and Know God
Have you ever been in a position where you were absolutely convinced and totally certain that you were correct on a matter? You searched high and low, you studied, you did your research, you conducted your analysis, you gave heed to your observations and by all accounts there was corroborated evidence by fellow witnesses; yet, … Continue reading Do Not Refuse God’s Wisdom
At every stage of my life and in every circle of friends I've had in life, there has always been some level of peer pressure. But I'd like to point out that peer pressure in and of itself isn't necessarily a bad thing. Peer pressure can be good. For instance, if a married man is … Continue reading When Peer Pressure Is A Problem