Scripture Reading: Proverbs 12
“In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death.” – Proverbs 12:28
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Proverbs 12 is written in antithetic parallelism, which means that the meaning of two or more excerpts of text are observed, with that meaning coming from two differing perspectives. These two perspectives (or the ends of the same scenarios due to their actions) are the righteous and the wicked (or the wise and the foolish). God has given us, as Christians, everything necessary for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). The responsibility lies with us to grow in the Word and the knowledge of Him who saved us.
A dad and his son were digging out the stump of an old tree in their front yard. The tree had been only 5 inches in diameter, so they didn’t think the task would be difficult.
After digging around the stump and cutting through the surface roots, they fastened a nylon tow rope to the back of the father’s truck and pulled. Nothing happened. They dug some more, cut out some more roots, and tried again. Still no success. On the third try the heavy nylon rope broke. Strong, deep roots had anchored that tree firmly in the ground.
In the Bible, godly people are often likened to trees. “The branches of growing trees not only reach higher, but their roots grow deeper. It’s impossible for a strong tree to have high branches without having deep roots. It would become top-heavy and topple over in the wind.” “The same is true with Christians. It’s impossible for us to grow in the Lord without entwining our roots around His Word and deepening our life in His commands” (Joni Earekson Tada).
The only way we can survive the torrential storms of life is to have a deep root system in the Word. We are commanded in 2 Timothy 2:15 to “study the Word and show ourselves approved… able to rightly divide the Word of truth.”
God’s Word in our hearts
Psalm 119:11 states “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Study and memorization of God’s Word are of the utmost importance. God works in our hearts, through the Holy Spirit, with His truth. We must know truth to have victory in this life. This is illustrated with the simple “know, reckon, yield” principle found in Romans 6, 7 & 8. This is the very basis for the Christian walk and applying truth to our lives by faith. Study of God’s Word also reveals the very character of God to us and directs us as to how we should live and conduct ourselves as believers.
Acting upon it by faith
James 1:22 states that we should “be doers of the Word and not hearers only..” But, how do we act upon these truths by faith and put them into action in our lives? By faith! Faith is about obeying God’s instructions as commanded. You must know the Scriptures to be able to make wise and God honoring decisions in life. Believing it in your heart is more than just a mental assent or simply reading the Word and acknowledging what it says. It is being fully convinced in your mind that it is indeed the Word of God and absolute truth, from which you will not waiver. You must compare every option to the Word.
What about you?
Are you memorizing God’s truth, so that you can be a doer of the Word?