There’s so much wisdom in Proverbs 3. The chapter is filled with so much wisdom, guidance, and promises. It was difficult to just pick out ONE verse or set of scriptures, but there is one that stood out to me. I’m starting to see a theme with what God is speaking through wisdom. REST & TRUST.
S – Scripture
You will sleep like a baby, safe and sound – your rest will be sweet and secure. You will not be subject to terror, for it will not terrify you. Nor will the disrespectful be able to push you aside, because God is your confidence in times of crisis, keeping your heart at rest in every situation. Proverbs 3:24-26 (TPT)
O – Observation
Doesn’t that sound amazing?
When I read things in the Bible now, I always ask myself “Am I living that?” God has so many instructions, wisdom, advice, knowledge, understand, and promises in His word. If He said I should or will have it, then I want it. Not because I just want the “things,” because trust me, having the “things” without Jesus is not as priceless or amazing. Only His peace is true peace, but it’s not because of the peace in itself; it’s because of Jesus. It’s because of Him that I have access to such amazing peace that surpasses understanding through the Holy Spirit.
So, right off the bat there are 2 things I want to do here. The first is I want to read a bit farther back to see if these verses are tied to a thought that is not contained in these verses. This is something I do now when I read a verse. It’s very easy to take verses out of context when we read them in silo, so I always read back to see if there is a beginning to what I’m reading and tie it in.
As I read backwards, I did find that these verses are part of a bigger thought. It starts at verse 21. Let me share it with you. Also, keep in mind that I’m sharing out of The Passion Translation. It’s worth taking a look at these verses in other translations.
My child, never drift off course from these two goals for your life: to walk in wisdom and to discover discernment. Don’t ever forget how they empower you. For they strengthen you inside and out and inspire you to do what’s right; you will be energized and refreshed by the healing they bring. They give you living hope to guide you, and not one of life’s tests will cause you to stumble. Proverbs 3:21-23
Let me share that entire passage now in the NASB version
My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion, so they will be life to your soul and adornment to your neck. Then you will walk in your way securely and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden fear nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. Proverbs 3:21-26 (NASB)
Reading all of that really does motivate me to continue this journey in seeking wisdom. If walking in wisdom and discernment strengthens, energizes, heals, refreshes, gives rest and provides hope, then those are 2 things in my life I will seek for even more earnestly. Want to know what I’ve found that even more amazing about seeking wisdom? It reveals Jesus. It reveals the heart of the Father. It reveals the very real presence of the Holy Spirit in my life.
The second thing I wanted to do with the passage (verses 24-26) is look at the footnotes. Not sure why, but I did.
There are 2. One is verse 25 where it reads “nor will he disrespectful be able to push you aside.” The footnote reads “As translated from the Septuagint.”
What is Septuagint?
For those who don’t know, the Septuagint is the earliest extant Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures. Basically, it’s the Greek version of the Hebrew Bible. If you want to learn more about it, you can go to google and look it up. There’s a lot of information on it and it will probably help you understand why the Septuagint is used in some translations.
Back to the footnote. Reading that footnote just made me curious, so I went to my NASB to read it there. In NASB is reads, “nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes.” I don’t know about you, but to me, I can see why they used the Septuagint for that portion of the verse. This is why I like reading the Passion translation. It allows me to understand better and then deep dive into why it says what it says. I’ve read Proverbs so many times that it’s nice to read something and go “what?” and it always leads me into a deep dive.
The other footnote is in verse 26. …”keeping your heart at rest in every situation.” Now, before I share the footnote, I will say that this is something I aspire to in my life; to have rest in every situation. So, the fact that it had a footnote intrigued me. The footnote reads “Or, keeping your foot from being caught.” That footnote is actually exactly how is reads in the NASB version. When I started reading the Passion Translation, I actually took the time to learn how that translation came about – you know – the who, what, when, where, and why. I am a very curious person, so I like to understand things. One of the “why’s” is bring some of the popular sayings of the time, metaphors, and original Hebrew traditions and thoughts into your language and culture of today. For me, reading “keeping your heart in rest in every situation” provides me a much sharper picture of the intent of the scripture than “keeping your foot from being caught.” We all, however, are different. We learn different. That is why I always encourage to read multiple translations. It really does provide us a richer, deeper, and fuller experience when reading the Scriptures.
I will continue to walk in wisdom, discernment, and discretion. When I am not feeling the strength, hope, energy, healing and rest from Jesus that I should be, I will take a query of my life to understand where I am lacking wisdom, discernment, or discretion. If I don’t see it, I will seek the Holy Spirit to show me where my “footing is caught” so that can release it and move back into His promises of abundance life filled with peace and joy.
Jesus, all I want is you. When I seek wisdom, my heart always turns to You because I know that I can find it in You. Holy Spirit always shares with me what wisdom is saying. May I always have the ability to hear it. May my ears, eyes, heart, soul, and mind be aware of what you are speaking. May I wear wisdom and discretion around my neck so that they can help guide my step and prevent me from stumbling. Even in the midst of such hustle and bustle, may I continue to reside in a place of rest where my heart is in complete peace. May Your joy continue to bubble up within me. Continue to reveal Your heart to me and that I may see You heart in every single situation. I do not want to see things like man sees. I don’t want to be limited to seeing what my natural eyes can see. I want to see things and people how You see them. That is my prayer. That is my desire. I want to move as You would move. I want to love as You would love…