Lessons from Proverbs for the men of Ezekiel…and me
Proverbs 2: 6-15
6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
9 Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
13 who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,
14 who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15 whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.
As in the beginning of the book, chapter 12 of Ezekiel continues with pictures – God’s way of illustrating the things that would happen to those who lacked repentance. Ultimately, God wanted the leaders to know that they would not escape judgment and that even though the things that Ezekiel had prophesied had not come to pass yet, they would happen.
There were other prophets who were not of God that came and told of things to come. Many turned to them instead of the warnings of Ezekiel because those words were more soothing to hear…more favorable. Their fleshly desires of security outweighed their relationship with the God of the nation. It is often more soothing to do as my flesh desires. I desire God’s wisdom, yet there are often times that I look to man’s wisdom instead and it usually contradicts His wisdom. I do this simply because I want to be mentally and emotionally “comfortable.” It is when God brings circumstances into life that take me out of my comfort zone that I truly begin to seek God’s wisdom. So, in a way, discomfort works to make me a better child of God.
Lord, today, give me discernment as I approach decisions and tasks. Keep my mind safe from distractions that would lead me to approach life away from your desire for it. Help me to embrace the discomfort and insecurity as ways to draw closer to you each day.