Five Principles for Receiving God’s Blessings
Daily Bible Reading – Proverbs 1-3; Romans 7
Today’s Key Passage – Proverbs 3:1-10
The first few chapters of Proverbs contain Solomon’s fatherly advice to young people, but when I read them, I can clearly hear our Heavenly Father’s advice to all of His children. Today’s key passage is a good example of this. I believe that most people want to lead happy and fulfilled lives. We want to receive God’s blessings in our lives, but sometimes we do not do our part in this process. In the first ten verses of Proverbs 3, God provides us with five distinct principles that we can follow to prepare ourselves for receiving His blessings. Now please do not misunderstand what I am saying here – these five principles do not guarantee His blessings in this life. In a perfect world, following these five principles would always lead to the blessings defined in the text here and now, but as you know, we live in a less-than-perfect world. In our world, wisdom usually leads to blessings but this is not always the case. Sometimes the sin of this world gets in the way, and sometimes God’s blessings are delayed until Jesus returns to call us to eternal life. Whether in this world or the next, however, we can be sure that following His principles will ultimately lead to blessings. With that in mind, let us look at the five principles from today’s passage:
Obedience – “do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart” (Vs. 1) – In order to practice obedience to God’s Word, we must first know what God’s Word says. As we read the Bible and learn more about God, we can begin to keep His commands in our hearts, and can eventually get better and better at obeying Him. As a result, His commands will, “prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.” (Vs. 2)
Integrity – “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Vs. 3) – Relationships are more important than anything else in this life. Relationships with God and with other people are key to our existence. When you act in love and faithfulness, you build your integrity and positively impact all of your relationships. As a result, “you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” (Vs. 4)
Trust – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Vs. 5) – God wants us to lean on Him in everything we do instead of leaning on ourselves. When you trust God with all of your heart, you will learn to lean on Him in good times and bad. As a result, “he will make your paths straight.” (Vs. 6)
Discernment – “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.” (Vs. 7) – Most of us know the difference between right and wrong. God’s Word and the Holy Spirit convict us of sinfulness in our lives and show us the things we should avoid. As we turn from evil and toward God, “this will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” (Vs. 8)
Giving – “Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops” (Vs. 9) – When we give God the “firstfruits of our crops”, we are giving Him our best in terms of our time, money, and talent. We honor Him when we have a generous heart and give God the best that we have to offer. As a result, “your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”
When we follow God’s principles in life, we can prepare ourselves to receive all of His blessings. He loves us more than we can possibly imagine and He wants nothing more than to give us happiness and fulfillment in this life, but we have to do our part. Praise Him for his goodness and for His grace today, and thank Him for all of your blessings already received, and the ones yet to come.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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