Honor the LORD
Week-2, Day-2 of Choosing God Instead Of The World, A Love God Greatly Study
Scripture Reading: Genesis 29:31-30:34 and (SOAP: Proverbs 3:1-12)
Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first fruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled completely, and your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10
Thoughts on the Genesis passage:
There is no question that the LORD had been gracious to Jacob during the fourteen years of servitude to Laban. Now we see Jacob rely on God for his departure from Laban. While it seems Jacob might be trying to manipulate Laban, we will see in chapter 31 that he was simply following God’s lead.
[Interesting Note: because Jacob had become a servant/employee of Laban, in order to marry Rachel and Leah, he was not free to leave without Laban’s consent. If he tried to do so and take his family with him he could be accused of theft.]
Observations: Proverbs 3:1-12
Proverbs 3 contains some of my favorite verses, specifically verses 5-8. It is the wisdom to “trust in the LORD with all your heart”, found in verse five, that has gotten me through many rough times where “relying on my own understanding” would have only ended up making things worse. It was verse six that played a part in teaching me to pray about everything, Verse nine and ten have been both needed instruction and appreciated hope – when I’ve had to trust Him with what He has given me even when it didn’t always look like there would be enough. When we live like this – trusting Him in all things and honoring Him with all He gives, we will surely know His blessing – and this, as the song says, should be poured out in praise! Matt Redman wrote it like this, “… Every blessing You pour out, I’ll Turn back to praise When the darkness closes in, Lord Still I will say… ” Take some time to worship Him with this song and pour out your praise –
Application: How Then Should We Live?
Looking at the fuller passage, Proverbs 3:1-12, it is clear from the instructor that God wants us to remember His teaching and keep His commandments. He wants us to always be kind and faithful (guided by mercy and truth). Trusting Him and seeking Him are vital to finding His favor, as are respecting Him and turning away from evil. When we live like this we Honor Him with what He has given to us and in return we will be richly blessed.
Prayer: Response to God’s Word
Father, You find favor in those who keep Your commands and live guided by mercy and truth. You call us to trust You and to seek You in all things, turning away from evil and honoring You with all You have given to us. Help us to be faithful and true in all of these things so that You are glorified and find favor in Your servant. – To Your Glory!
Father, thank You for Your teaching. Thank You for showing me the wisdom through the years of walking according to Your Word – or trusting and seeking You in all things. So often the lessons have been learned the hard way but through it I have seen the truth of Your Word and the riches of Your blessings.