In Your Bible: Proverbs 3:1-12
Interestingly, the Jewish people view the writings of Solomon in this manner: Proverbs as the outer court of the temple, Ecclesiastes as the holy place, and Song of Solomon as the holy of holies. *
Several scholars consider Proverbs Chapter Three to be one of the “most excellent” of the Proverbs. While addressing key issues of the heart, Solomon stresses that we need to know God’s heart to act properly in this world—It’s all God’s world.
Qualities That Define You
Gently Solomon says, keep my commandments in your heart, not merely in your mind. A soft heart for God is the best way to live.
Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you
[instead let these qualities define you]; Bind them [securely] around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. So find favor and high esteem (Prov 3:3,4 AMP).
Mercy, kindness, and truth often represent the character of God. As you cultivate these carefully, others will see why you do things differently.
An Issue of the Heart
Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart. And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way] (Proverbs 3: 5,6 AMP).
The Amplified Translation helps us grasp what Solomon is teaching—how we need to live. This strong reminder to trust him will guide us in the way he plans. We need to know God’s heart to act properly this world—It’s all God’s world.
Prayer: Father, help me cling to your pearls of wisdom. I need you to calm my storms, clear my brain, and touch my heart.
*What The Bible is all About, Bible Handbook, Henrietta C. Mears, Tyndale House Publishing Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois, 2015, p.229.