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Saturday - October 3rd
Scripture to Read Today: Proverbs 3:1-35
Trust in the LORD with
all your heart and lean not
on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to
him, and he will make your
Woman's Day magazine listed the top 10 favorite Bible passages of Americans in one of their 2019 issues. Of course, John 3:16 was the favorite. I was not surprised by that. Actually, I was happy about that. That is the clearest verse when it comes to the Gospel. I did a Google search of favorite verses and could not find a list that did not list John 3:16 as the top verse. Again, that is a good thing.
Almost every list included a two-verse combination from Proverbs chapter three. These verses were not a surprise to me either. I have heard many fellow Christians declare these two verses their favorite or life verses throughout the years. As is true of the famous John 3:16, these are solid verses for people to lean on as the focus of their lives. Perhaps you know what verses I am referring to because they are your life verses or your favorites. Yep, you guessed it (or you read them at the top of this Take5). They are Proverbs 3:5-6. "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
Today is our third day (October 3rd) in our Take5 devotional journey through the Book of Proverbs. If you have been tracking with me in my online Old Testament Overview course (available each Wednesday evening on Facebook and YouTube), you know that we are looking at the key themes and concepts in each book. One of the core things we look at with each book is the key verse or verses. When we get to Proverbs in a few weeks, we will discover that the two verses in Proverbs 3:5-6 are considered by many to be the key verses of this book of wisdom.
If John 3:16 provides a clear Gospel message, Proverbs 3:5-6 offers basic instruction for living the Christian life. One of the foundational steps of living by faith is to trust the Lord and not to lean on your own understanding in life. The next section of the passage says that when you submit to him in all of your ways, He then makes your path ahead straight. Today we would say He makes the road ahead smooth. Think about how basic this wisdom is, and yet if we genuinely heeded this wisdom, how profound the impact would be on our lives.
Having a favorite verse can be a good thing. But, if that verse is merely held in high regard or sentimentally embraced without life application, we miss what God intended for our lives. God did not give us the Scriptures so we could simply hit the like button. He gave us the Word of God to be obeyed. And, when the Scriptures are followed, we discover the satisfaction God intended for us in our obedience.
Reread Proverbs 3:5-6 at the top of this page. Please reread it again. It is a beautiful couplet of verses, isn't it? Even more beautiful is the life lived in obedience to what these two verses convey to us concerning our walk with God.
Whether or not Proverbs 3:5-6 is on your list of favorite verses, they are critical verses for you in your life today!