The most important thing in life

Again and again, Proverbs calls us to make a decision. We must choose – righteousness or wickedness. Will we “abandon God’s teachings”? or Will we “follow God’s teachings” (Proverbs 28:4)? The way of righteousness is the way upon which God sends His blessing. The way of wickedness is the way upon which there can be no blessing from the Lord. The situation is well summed up in Proverbs 29:18 – “Without prophetic vision people run wild, but blessed are those who follow God’s teachings.” We are to come to God with humility: “I’m weary and worn out, O God… I don’t have knowledge of the Holy One” (Proverbs 30:1,3). When God hears this prayer, He answers, giving us this confidence in Him: “Every word of God has proven to be true. He is a shield to those who come to Him for protection” (Proverbs 30:5). The book of Proverbs ends by reminding us that “the fear of the Lord” (Proverbs 31:30) is the most important thing in life, if we are to be praised – not only by men, but by God.

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