June 14, 2020, Proverbs 2:1-11 – ISSL Reflections

I.
We move on to chapter 2 of Proverbs. We see the Proverbist again calling our attention to the “fear of the Lord.” Maybe this passage will give us some more insight into what that means..

Notice in the passage “if,” “then,” and “for.” Let’s pay attention to those words and see what they offer us for understanding both the book of Proverbs and The Lord’s intention for us.

II.
Proverbs 2:1-11 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

My child,
if you accept my words
and treasure up my commandments within you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;

if you indeed cry out for insight,
and raise your voice for understanding;

if you seek it like silver,
and search for it as for hidden treasures—

then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.

For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly,
guarding the paths of justice
and preserving the way of his faithful ones.

Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and equity, every good path;

for wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
prudence will watch over you;
and understanding will guard you.

III.
What do you hear?

What does The Lord call us to do?

What results from paying attention to The Lord’s call upon us? And how does The Lord call on us to pay attention?

Do you think it will be as it says, “wisdom will come to your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; prudence will watch over you; and understanding will guard you.”

Do you sense you are guarded?

charles
{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}


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