Day 9

Day 9 | Praying Prior to Reading Scripture

ACTIVITY

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Pray out-loud for 1-minutes prior to reading scripture that God would teach, rebuke, correct, and train you during the reading.
  • Then read Proverbs 2.
  • Follow this with praying out-loud for 4-minutes using the P.A.C.T. method

When you are done, note one thing that God revealed to you in the comment section below.

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318 thoughts on “Day 9

  1. Richard says:

    God calls me son. His desire is for me to sit down with Him and listen to His instruction. What an awesome Father He is.

  2. Mike Welch says:

    If I pay attention to what I read in the Bible, it will tell me what is right, just and fair. More importantly I need to live it, not just know it.

  3. Allan says:

    I know this is true in my case, but I feel many people “cry for discernment” and understanding and wisdom, but expect it to come the way it did for Solomon. He asked God for wisdom, and God gave him wisdom AND riches. But (again in my case) no one wants to “search for her as for hidden treasures”. I guess that is what we are trying to do with this 35-day challenge, train ourselves to search for God and his wisdom. After all, “the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

  4. Ken Winegarden says:

    Not just reading but learning from the Bible. Liked the line “ store up my commands in your heart “ The heart is central to our living.

  5. Eric says:

    Long before the birth of my ancestors, scripture was a live and applicable. And it is still today for me and my kids.
    I also like the SHOW, OFF, ON, STAY path (walk) explanation.

  6. Brian says:

    I know the book of Proverbs is full of wisdom but in my recent prayers I have been seeking wisdom to be man, husband, and father God created me to be and the fact that Proverbs 2 dealt with seeking wisdom like searching for it “as hidden treasure,” just very timely but then again very much intentional according to God’s plan for me.

  7. John Williams says:

    I like the word picture that we are to seek wisdom as a hidden treasure.
    That comes from digging into scripture to find golden nuggets of wisdom.
    Gaining wisdom doesn’t come easy. You have to want it and work for it. But it’s worth investing your life to find it. The returns are beyond what we could ever think or imagine.

  8. Matt says:

    This struck me as I see many fall and ask themselves why. This verse seems to me the way many have faltered. They not need to ask why but get back on the path.

    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.

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  9. Don Neal says:

    Excellent words of wisdom. Lord, help all of us men search for your wisdom and find it in your Word, and help us to walk uprightly so we can live in your land!

  10. joelsano says:

    (1/31/21) Proverbs 2:11 The Passion Translation
    “If you choose to follow good counsel, divine design will watch over you
    and understanding will protect you from making poor choices.”
    Lord help me know which teachings I should share and which ones I should leave out. .. especially the ones I do not accurately understand.

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  11. Michael says:

    if you …. you will be rewarded with discernment which will allow you to pick whether to follow Gods wisdom. This creates the internal battle (which is good) versus not discerning and following your own desires.

  12. Brad Hamilton says:

    Today I feel like the Lord showed me how close I have been to that adulterous woman in my life, and how there are really two paths I can choose here. I can either pursue wisdom or the ways of the world. That adulterous woman will lead me to death and destruction so why would anyone willingly choose that? I pray for wisdom and for strength to choose wisdom.

  13. Martin says:

    Enjoying reading the Wisdom of Our Lord. 🙂 Seeing first hand how I need to correct my path as I move forward in life.

  14. Mark F says:

    God revealed to always seek His way and not follow the ways of the world because the latter only brings death.

  15. Rene' says:

    I have a natural tendency to gaze on the wrong things. And no, it’s not always easy to turn away. The Word reminds me that the only way to healing is focusing on Jesus.

  16. Jason Hurd says:

    Gaining understanding and wisdom from God requires a genuine;y deep desire for Godly insight and a willingness to dig deep. It requires searching, listening, and concentration. (I have to want it badly enough to pursue it.)

  17. Joshua Winters says:

    God revealed to me again just how important it is to be in his Word daily, since that’s where He gives wisdom from.

  18. Bob says:

    Lord, I pray for your wisdom to fill me today. May it help me pursue what is right, just, and fair. Direct my life down the path of integrity that I may bring glory to your name.

  19. Ben Butler says:

    If I will simply ask God for wisdom and align with His word of wisdom, I will be on the safe path rather than the path of death and destruction

  20. Louis Vanderhart says:

    God tell us to live a blessed life, so he says don’t do those kind of things, but rather live a blessed life that is honoring to God

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  21. Terry says:

    I have been asking God for wisdom in my job search, that He would give me insight as to the types of job opportunities and companies I should be pursuing. I was reminded today that all wisdom comes from God – from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. Praise God!

  22. Kevin says:

    This verse shows me that I need to remember to stay upright and on course. The whole Chapter is reminding us, and that means we NEED to be reminded. Wisdom will be granted to those who accept his word. I love being reminded and that God loves us so much that he keeps reminding us. Amen!

  23. Jeremy says:

    I am feeling very distracted this morning but I am fighting to focus upon God especially that I feel that I need to get busy with the day’s activities. God is revealing that I need to place him at higher priority than getting things done.

  24. John says:

    I am not normally a very adventurous person which has often been described as a character flaw. I’m not sure about that!

  25. Spencer says:

    His promise of protection through discretion and keeping my paths with the righteous while striving for insight, wisdom and understanding. God calls them buried treasure. Buried treasure – unlocking a mystery. Reminds me of the quest to find the Titanic and to finally see what it story it really told. Gives me the chills thinking about God’s word in that light now! Thanks Vince!

  26. Cory Baron says:

    Wisdom and integrity are a vital part to doing God’s will. He will teach and give us wisdom. We need to treasure it. We need to have integrity as well and use them together to make good decisions that is God’s will and ultimately, please him.

  27. Peter says:

    3 indeed, if you call out for insight
    and cry aloud for understanding,
    4 and if you look for it as for silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasure,
    5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.

    I do need the wisdom and knowledge of God, but more importantly I need to apply it to my own life for transformation to take place. I know a lot of men that have a lot of knowledge of the word of God but I don’t see it in there lives.

  28. Thaddeus Kennedy says:

    Wisdom is something that we need to seek and hold on to, if not then we will go down the ways of the wicked which leads to death.

  29. Alan Wagstaff says:

    It struck me that these exhortations were written down by Solomon, son of David. Both of whom had many problems in life from following adventure some women

  30. Jake says:

    How we need to not gravitate towards the wickedness or the perverseness of men and women so that we may walk the path of life.

  31. JAMES DELGADO says:

    If, If, If.
    If I accept His Word, (and apply it to my heart)…
    If I call / cry out to God to for help to understand it…
    If I read it to find its meaning to me like searching for a treasure…
    THEN…I will understand the awesomeness of God. I will know Him
    and He will protect me / teach me / give me understanding / guides me from whatever comes my way.

  32. R Francis says:

    I learned from( Proverbs 9) Do not be mislead by other people wicked devices…but follow the way of knowledge and wisdom also understanding. Doing it this way may help me to think before acting out of my emotions.

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  33. Richard says:

    Proverbs 2-Applying your heart to understanding and seeking after God’s wisdom like it is silver or treasure. Amen

  34. Thomas Sells says:

    “Cry out”…”seek”….”then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God”. All times I’ve read this chapter, this really hit me today. This is so good.

  35. Christopher Soto says:

    turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding….
    This struck me. The word tells us to Love God with our minds and heart. This verse reminded me of it. And I thought, we need to turn to and keep God’s wisdom in our minds and hearts. That is to say in the seat our logic and emotions. We not only need to think right, and know God’s truth, but we also need to let it be our passion and let it guide our feelings and emotions.

  36. Janic Maysonet says:

    Verse 10 says that knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. We often refer to knowledge as power, which give more of a fierce image. But God’s wisdom will enter our hearts and it will be pleasing to our souls. He’s so powerful and yet so gentle at the same time.

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  37. Michael McClain says:

    God revealed to me the real treasure that it is to spend time with and learn from Him each day so, I need to slow down, soak it in and make time to do it right instead of just “checking the box” each day.

  38. JEREMY L KAUFFMAN says:

    I believe that if you truly are trying to understand the word and putting your heart into it that’s where God starts to give you true wisdom.

  39. Kevin V says:

    What I learned: If you seek God, you will find Him. And if you follow Him, He will fill you with many blessings that can only come from Him (wisdom, knowledge, understanding).
    I want to follow God and have Him be the desire of my heart. The problem is that sometimes I get in my own way and make selfish choices – time, money, and my attention. God, please help me to keep focused on Your will. Help me to decrease and for you to increase in my life.

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  40. Greg says:

    My take away is the presence of the Lord. I later heard a story of Billy Graham. When he was getting to the end of his life, he was visited by someone. They were amazed to think that,, “here is this man who preached the gospel all over the world to more people than anyone, ever; and now here he is, alone (relatively speaking).”
    When asked about this, Mr. Graham said, “I am never alone when I am reading the Bible, in it, God reveals Himself, and is my friend'”

    That is my take-a-way. Jesus is my friend, and I pray that the Spirit reminds me continually, I AM NEVER ALONE!!!

  41. Rob says:

    To be on the watch out for the wicked. The word “wicked” kept jumping out at me during my reading. I understand that Satan will use my past wickedness against me but God has forgiven them and encourages me now to be wary.

  42. Ian Robert says:

    Honestly,I used to shrug off the fact of saying a prayer to God before a bible study.I used to say to myself that I would pray after so there is no need for me to have a prayer before.As I practiced it today I realised I had a different feeling as I approached the Bible.

  43. Darin Palmer says:

    Verse 3 really stands out for me. I see as you don’t have to do it alone and have all of the answers. It’s as easy reaching out and trusting our Heavenly Father!

  44. Zach says:

    I can constantly be swayed by fools and foolish decisions. I forget to rely on God with everything and I get taken in by foolish people who have the world’s desires in mind. Sometimes it is not even a person who entices me , but an idea. It can be a scene on my favorite T.V. show. It can be an add on the internet or even an idea spoken on the radio. This world has a way of getting a hold of you with empty promises, while God’s promises overflow.

  45. Gerald Waddle says:

    I’ve struggled with the term “fear of the Lord”. But this reading helps me to understand that when you seek God with all your heart and ask for wisdom He will then allow you to understand what He means. Thank you Jesus! Amen

  46. Rex says:

    A casual approach to God’s Word will lead to a casual relationship with Him. Lord help me to slow down & dig deeper.

  47. Loryn says:

    Vs 6 “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
    We have to be open to hear His wisdom, knowledge and understanding. If we aren’t prepared to hear, we don’t listen

  48. Gary says:

    What I understood was that you must walk on the path to Christ if you want wisdom and he will give it to you.

  49. Tommy says:

    6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

    I want to receive this knowledge and understanding

  50. Alex says:

    Feed on only the fruit God offers, every other “wisdom” is sour. Be a hawk that eats only good fruit, not a vulture that eats what is already dead

  51. Richard says:

    Prov 2:3 is my verse for my work. I need insight. Like you told me Don. …..

    v3 indeed, if you call out for insight

  52. Brad says:

    For wisdom to enter your heart and knowledge be pleasant to your soul. Maybe this is like a great sermon, or a truth about Jesus that gives you joy. So often I am enticed by the pleasures of sin. I pray that I will direct myself toward knowledge.

    • Brad Hamilton says:

      Today I feel like the Lord showed me how close I have been to that adulterous woman in my life, and how there are really two paths I can choose here. I can either pursue wisdom or the ways of the world. That adulterous woman will lead me to death and destruction so why would anyone willingly choose that? I pray for wisdom and for strength to choose wisdom.

  53. Eddie says:

    Proverbs 2 talks about the good and bad consequences for everything that we do, yes there are comments to adulterous women, but like Vince said in the Devo tab, that’s not JUST about adulterous women, but about ANYONE that wants to derail your progress of maturing in your faith by taking you down a sinful path, man or woman doesn’t matter.

  54. Troy Thielen says:

    One thing that I got out of the reading is to never stop thirsting for the knowledge of God from the Bible. That being a Chris isn’t a destination, but a journey.

    • Adam says:

      Every day we have a choice to follow God or the ways of this world. God please give me strength, decisiveness, and will to follow your wisdom and your ways in all I do.

  55. Thomas Toedter says:

    God is a shield to those that are faithful. What a huge blessing! The Almighty Savior playing full-back for our daily struggle. Thank you Lord!

  56. Dockers says:

    I wonder how often I don’t seek wisdom or seek out understanding or do I just want to be understood.

  57. Justin harbers says:

    Proverbs 2 verse 3 stood out to me, it reminded me that god wants us to not try doing it ourselves but call on him and he will give us everything we need.

  58. Mark W Hargis says:

    Wicked men are cut off, only wise men can remain in the land. To be wise, run towards God when dealing with worldly obstacles. Stay in him.

  59. Danny Leo says:

    God revealed to me that there are really two paths that you can take… a path of righteousness, where there are promises for protection and a crooked path that leads to destruction.
    *Wisdom* from the Lord is key to staying on the straight path!
    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.

  60. ADAM KRUMRIE says:

    The benefits of seeking wisdom and applying it, keeps us from evil and on the right path. Fills us with life and light and away from death and darkness.

  61. Addison Waite says:

    That I really need Him. 5 minutes isn’t a long time to spend in prayer. But it is so worth it.

  62. Kris says:

    I learned praying ahead helps me to receive His word and still my heart. Praying afterwards helps me to better understand and identify with God’s word

  63. Dan says:

    It is in seeking wisdom from God that I will find direction for my life, “to understand what right and just and fair – every good path”. This is my desire.

  64. Mike says:

    God taught me that treasuring His commands leads to a life of Integrity, which allows othet yo see Christ!

  65. Jim says:

    One thing revealed to me from this lesson today. The comfort that comes from the Father, when I am ( excuse the Pun ) All in with Him who promises me Blessings beyond my comprehension. What a great God we serve.

  66. Robert Ordóñez says:

    I didn’t get past verse 1 before the rebuking and correcting started. I’m called to ACCEPT God’s words (rather than argue with Him, though He loves me even if I do) and STORE them up in my heart (not just reading, but memorizing, reviewing, and dwelling on Scripture till it fills my mind and soul). I’ve been filling my time with so much “other” stuff, most of it “good” stuff, but it’s still quietly edging God out. I’m grateful for this program and for you all, brothers, helping me get back on track and stay on track.

  67. J.T. Fetherolf says:

    I need to work on pursuing God’s wisdom by taking time to read and study His word as well as to know Him through prayer. This will allow me to live a full life in Him and be the man that He created me to be.

  68. Gordon says:

    I’ve been praying for God to protect and rescue persecuted Christians like Asia Bibi. This past week, I looked up her status and found that after 10 years of being in danger of execution, God rescued her last May.

  69. Matt says:

    As I read this chapter, I was reminded that the most frequently stated command in the Bible is do not fear. In this chapter, God is inviting us to Him, and He will give us wisdom, which is the antidote to fear.

  70. Mike says:

    I missed yesterday and I have no excuse. Sorry men.
    Free will that we have been given and how we use it is our choice which path we will take.

  71. Jacques says:

    If I consistently meditate on God and keep his commandments in my heart throughout my day then I will receive God’s wisdom and then I can apply that wisdom throughout my day.

  72. Will says:

    I appreciate the promise that if we seek wisdom we will find it, that God will be faithful and reveal things to us. I want to rely on actual promises in scripture, not just what I think is there.

  73. Blaine Riney says:

    I have to confess I had the wrong attitude about this study the first several days. It started very slow. I already pray every day. I already ask and confess and thank and often do it out loud. I already read the Bible. God forgive me for thinking so highly of myself. I said I was all in the first day and I haven’t been. Today, I will start doing better.

  74. Josh says:

    It seems clear that the Lord favor rest on those who walk up rightly and honor Him.
    The wisdom that comes from above also has more value than anything.

  75. TJ says:

    I find 2 things fascinating here. Not necessarily learned, but confirmed. Number one, we have to clarify that this is not a rebuke of women, and our modern society requires that we justify this passage by saying it’s not a rebuke, when the message is intended for ALL OF US, as a warning and rebuke. We’re missing the point by shying away from the point. The “seductive woman” is seducing us even in this very analysis that begins with an apology.
    Number two, I find it fascinating how much we have turned from the Bible, and search for its truth and teachings elsewhere. We are not allowed to discuss the Bible in our public schools while teachers are tasked with providing students lessons on “Social-Emotional Learning ” and conflict resolution, our politicians try desperately to avoid direct association with its message while clumsily delivering its message, and we find ourselves ultimately constantly yielding to this seductive path and in the process rebuke righteousness itself. This activity asked us to pray for the wisdom of Solomon; it was he who was able to discern by offering to cut the baby in half, determining that the more fit mother would give it away to give it life. Modern society trying to be clever has been trying to devise ways to not call it a baby at all. Our wisdom and lack of humility are cutting us off from the land, the source of truth and the life it gives.

  76. Chris says:

    What was taught to me through scripture today was that wisdom will saVe me from evil men. The idea that some people want to do evil things and harm others thus getting more people on their side is weird to think about.
    I am thankful for the God that looks out for us and loves us.

  77. Bryan says:

    We have the choice to be “upright and blameless” or “perverse and wicked”, the choice is ours and the consequences are spelled out. Which way do we choose? Thankfully through Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross, it is a much easier choice.

  78. Stephen M. Oliver says:

    The PACT approach is helpful but I find that it ends up being more along the lines of “PACACATACATAAT”. Confession for sure leads to pleading or asking the Holy Spirit to do some work on my behalf. Proverbs always takes me to that place of self-assessment and the recognition that I need the spirit’s help and wisdom.

  79. Pat watson says:

    One thing I learned from a God today was reminder on peer pressure and how easy it is to get involved in that. Gossip, allowing someone to lead you down the road of bad talking about someone else. It makes you fit in in situation but is that what I have been called to do Fit In?

  80. Les Silliman says:

    I have known that I should pray before reading, but have often jumped in to my daily reading without preparing my heart.
    I have not found the way to look back to previous days comments, so have only seen what 2 or 3 have said.
    I also wonder why I have to enter all of my info every day when I check to remember it!

    • TJ says:

      Your browser may not be set to allow cookies, or there may simply be a glitch in their (beresolute’s) code. Mine auto-fills when I click, but I still have to click.

  81. Michael Johnson says:

    “So follow the steps of the good, and stay on the paths of the righteous.”
    The path is laid out before us be those who have gone before, it’s our job to follow.

  82. RonP says:

    Revealed: God wants to Guard us, Shield us and give us Wisdom. It is however reserved for those who wish to live a just, faithful and blameless life.

  83. Graham Jantz says:

    Man that was a great reading! Verse 2 really stood out to me: “turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding.” I see the part of ‘applying your heart to understanding’ as really trying to absorb what the Lord is saying. Not only reading (or hearing) the word it but digging into it, meditating on it, feeding on it, surviving on it. I’m very excited to do that with you guys for the rest of this challenge!

  84. Michael says:

    Today God revealed to me that even the concept of servant leadership is a misnomer. If our goal is to be a leader, even if through servitude, then our path is misguided. Our goal should only be to serve the Lord and pursue him. Leadership may or may not be a byproduct of this servant heart. That is up to the Lord.

  85. Mike B says:

    “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Lord, please help me to remember this. I struggle with wanting more head knowledge when You are eager and willing to provide true wisdom that brings life to our souls and to thise around us.

  86. Arnaldo Froese says:

    Hey friends. Sorry I’ve been so sparse in my response. I’ve been far too busy with everything recently. Today, I learned that I don’t take God’s word serious enough, as in I didn’t acknowledge its power. While reading today, I realized I needed to take action in storing God’s commands within me. I plan on doing an exercise tomorrow morning on this.

  87. Dan Cloutier says:

    In my search for God’s direction beyond my current internship, I was encouraged by Proverbs 2 to take serious the seeking of God’s wisdom. As if it were a treasure hunt.

  88. Patrick says:

    Knowledge and understanding come from Him AND He also wants those in His leaders. Beautiful thing is that He provides the way for that to happen…seek Him!

  89. Jake says:

    If we strive for wisdom, integrity, and knowledge we can achieve it through God and doing so will protect us from evil.

  90. Andy Engen says:

    I need some time on this before I can truly comment. I’ve listened. I’ve read and I’ve prayed. Stay tuned.

  91. Bryson Quilliams says:

    Turning your ear to wisdom and your heart to understanding is something that stood out for me. Again just being intentional with my time with God

  92. Al Comptois says:

    Yes Jay I saw that last night , I figured every couple of days of scrolling back.
    Thank you for brining this group together

  93. Al Comptois says:

    Seek wisdom earnestly ! So much in this I’ve missed before , gaining knowledge and understanding . He shields those who walk with integrity, guarding the path and watching over His saints ! Once again shows God is always with us

  94. Matt Klein says:

    I’ve been putting off praying until later in the day, usually when things have calmed down and I have down time. Today I put it off till 6 pm and was given a sign to stop what I’m doing and pray!

  95. Brainard says:

    I believe that since we hold that very treasure, we should take inventory of anything we may be lacking. He gives wisdom to any who seek it with their heart, and I can’t think of a greater treasure than to have God’s Word in my possession. O Lord my God, grant into each of us the discernment we need to share this word with a lost and dying world, I pray.

  96. Tim Montgomery says:

    Late getting my thoughts in here, but seeking wisdom in the Word seems like an obvious thing, but for some reason, I find myself not necessarily going there when discerning decisions in my life, or when trying to turn back from “ways of wicked men”. I need to place God and His word at the top of my priority!

  97. Vault says:

    Wisdom will save me from the grips of adultery. Seeking God through His word will keep me on the right path to be in right relationship with him and my wife.

  98. Nick says:

    Day 9: “Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭2:9-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    https://www.bible.com/59/pro.2.9-10.esv

    I love thinking about how when I am reading God’s Word and spending time with Him through prayer, that He is correcting my thought life to align with Him. I love the idea of “understanding righteousness, justice, equity, and every good path.” I pray for that in my life!

  99. Sprocket says:

    How interesting that wisdom must enter into you. More often than not, I feel like I look for the wisdom that is with in me already… Not realizing that wisdom is a gift others have to offer to us. All we have to do is search and listen for it

  100. Jose says:

    If you look for as for silver and search for it as a hidden treasures……
    I’ve looked for the wrong type of treasure for 45 years. I stumbled across this verse a few months ago and it opened up my heart to His word and His plan. Now I feel richer than ever even though I live pay check to pay check

  101. Ben Klassen says:

    One thing that I thought stood out to me is how wisdom will protect us from the evil path. It’s not just praying, reading the Bible and going to church that will keep us from sinning; we also have to be wise and make wise decisions.

  102. Michael says:

    Verse 7 has been crucial to me, because during my wayward times there have been men who have been my shield and brought me back into the fold

  103. Massimo says:

    Two things stood out to me today in Proverbs 2. Verse 6 “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Sometimes I catch myself thinking that God will just put new knowledge and understanding directly into my brain when I ask through prayer but what I am reminded of is that God gives knowledge and understanding by straight up telling you, by speaking to you, in many different ways. Through the living word, through quiet whispers, through pastors and teachers, through relationship with others.
    Verse 21 “For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it;….” Guys, I think this is speaking to the Kingdom here and now and the coming Kingdom that Christ will bring on His return. When a new earth is created and Jesus rules from Jerusalem.

  104. Gavin says:

    Wisdom will enter my hear and knowledge will fill you with joy! God continues to reveal that this is why we must remain close and grounded with him. Wisdom and Knowledge!

  105. Ryan Gatzlaff says:

    There are 8 things that we are commanded to do in the first few verses. While we know there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation, there are many things we are called on to do. I am grateful that He has made it possible for our efforts, while futile alone, to be fruitful.

  106. Jordan Goodrich says:

    There is a distinction between what God has set forth to do and be done and what we as humans are to do and I think it’s important to understand this.

  107. Tim H says:

    What struck me was that I when I ask for wisdom in order for me to receive it, I need to spend quality, uninterrupted time in his Word to receive it.
    Verse 6, “For the Lord gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding”
    Lord give me wisdom and strength to be obedient to your instruction!!
    All In!!

  108. Derek says:

    I found it interesting when he mentioned that Jesus and the word are one in the same. I had never heard anyone make that connection before. Makes things pretty simple. If you want more Jesus, spend more time in the word.

  109. Eric says:

    My one take away from today’s lesson and Bible reading is how much God loves me. What an incredible Father to take the time to instruct me on the path to the good life and ultimate prize of eternal life with Him. What a fantastic family to be adopted by. THANK YOU God!!!!!

  110. Steve Scott says:

    I need to want the wisdom of God so bad that I am willing to cry out for it aloud. When we do what is right, we can trust God to bring success in His time. We must remain teachable because those who delight in evil (deviant sexuality) will be torn from their blessings. God determines what is moral according to His Word. We can’t justify sin or change the Bible.

  111. Colin says:

    I know that Proverbs 9 talks about the fear of the Lord being the beginning of wisdom, but that point is a recurring theme, and is definitely hinted at in this chapter as well.

  112. Colin says:

    I know that it is Proverbs 9 that talks about the fear of the Lord being the beginning of wisdom, but that point is a recurring theme, and is definitely hinted at in this chapter as well.

  113. Lavon says:

    How absolutely wonderful to be addressed as a child of our Creator, where His holy and living WORD speaks to us as, “My son.” He addresses us directly. How reassuring is that?
    And to think from verses 7 and 8, I can claim His promise for my son-in-law as he travels and works to bring the Gospel into Muslim communities. “For He guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.”

  114. Chris says:

    I feel humbled today and I understand that my path and journey will be testing and rough. The past few days I have battled with how long will this session take as it seems to have increased by a few minutes but then I calm down and am reminded what truly matters!

  115. Rory C says:

    In daily life we have things (evil, negativity) that try and deter us from our path and prevent us from walking with him and in his grace. I’m guilty of it and it’s something I thought was real but all it did was hurt me my wife and my family. It’s a hard road, but we have to do our best as men to be the example and show gods spirit through our actions and life.

  116. Dave says:

    “Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.”

    We could all use more discretion in the way we deal with life as well as more understanding.

  117. Rob says:

    God taught me there is a direct relationship between having His knowledge and wisdom, and discernment of what is acceptable and right. This is an important truth as I sometimes struggle with ‘grey area’ matters that are not clearly spelled out in Scripture

  118. Brandon says:

    God wants us to focus so much on him that we cry out for more of him. His insight and Wisdom should become an adventure like seeking hidden treasure. In living this way God’s ways will guide, protect and lead us in every good way.

  119. Lewis Thompson says:

    During the “C” confessing, I am dealing with lower back right now. my pain as it is challenging to stay focused but, I realized this pain is nothing compared to the pain and suffering Jesus endured.

  120. Jacob says:

    I was at a standstill coming up with something to thank God for in the PACT section, and he revealed to me that He is working in my life. That is something to be thankful for.

  121. Jeff says:

    Seeking Gods wisdom and guidance is one of my daily asks. Listening and relinquishing my controlling ways one of my biggest daily challenges. I need to hang on tight to his understanding better and cast off the noise of external worldly distractions that are not mine to own.

  122. Antoine Gendron says:

    What stood out to me was the training portion. To accept God’s words, to ask for His understanding, and seek out God.

  123. John says:

    The one thing I learned is that it’s a little scary to pray that God would teach correct and rebuke me with his word. Yikes.

  124. Tom Vang says:

    Wisdom is easily found. We need only search for it. We too easily give up and second guess ourselves on the wise thing. Let’s become more resolute in our wisdom!

  125. Dallas says:

    Verse 2: “turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding”… it is a twofold statement not only do you have to listen to the wisdom but it needs to sink into your hear and be applied to your life.

  126. Joe says:

    I need to stay focused on Christ and his word so as not to be fooled by temptations that lead me to regret or destruction.

  127. Joe says:

    I need to stay plugged in and focused on Christ and his word in order to not be fooled by temptations that lead astray.

  128. Ryan Wissink says:

    I was really challenged by the first several verses that discuss how if we want wisdom and understanding that comes from God, we need to pursue it — it’s an active pursuit that requires effort and longing for it on our part, but God is so willing and ready to grant it to us when we do pursue Him. So often I do not view this wisdom and knowledge as precious as silver and hidden treasure, and therefore do not put nearly enough effort into pursuing God and his wisdom and understanding, and it is in those times especially where I struggle more with sin, bad attitude, selfishness, etc.

  129. Michael L says:

    I have personalized the prayer before reading scripture
    * Teaching—show me the path
    * Rebuking—show me when I am off the path
    * Correcting—show me how to get back on the path
    * Training—show me how to stay on the path

  130. Eric says:

    Stay in GOD s word daily and seeking him out in everything I do. If I do this it will show me the way to his Kingdom

  131. Wayne says:

    When we seek God and His wisdom with all earnestness, He is faithful to respond, revealing the immeasurable treasures of His Word.

  132. Mike M says:

    I have been spared from wicked men and their wicked schemes and the enticement if adulterous women by I have been spared from wicked men and their wicked schemes and the enticement of adulterous women by God’s hand of protection!

  133. Kevin says:

    Today after prayer and then reading proverbs 2, I was then able to sincerely ask for forgiveness for straying to the dark side. The Word is truely winderful.

  134. Mike M says:

    I have been spared from wicked men and their wicked schemes and the enticement if adulterous women by God’s hand of protection!

  135. James says:

    Today I learned that I can understand the fear of the Lord by turning all my attention to God and asking for insight. Last night a brother in Christ (Mike) explained to me that fear of the Lord can be defined as per John MacArthur as
    the state of mind in which one’s own attitudes, wills, feelings, deeds and goals are exchanged for God’s. I can’t help but feel blessed that my brother Mike shared this with me and then the very next day it comes up in scripture and that scripture than explains how to understand this “fear”.

    God is everything and I’m all in for him.

  136. Squirrel says:

    Searching for God’s wisdom by surrounding myself with upright men and good influences. I’m beginning to think understanding at the heart level is sympathy?

  137. Derek Blumberg says:

    This chapter is full of truths and commands. Lord, help me to focus on what You want me to focus on. I do not want to dabble in your truth. I want to be ALL-IN. I trust you. You have my full heart In Jesus Name, Amen.

  138. John Harding says:

    What stood out to me was the beginning and the middle of this chapter. “If you accept my words”, “wisdom will enter your heart”. It doesn’t get much more powerful than that.

  139. Wayne D says:

    Verses 3 & 4 stand out and tell me what to do, and where to begin, to find wisdom to walk in Gods commands.

  140. Shawn says:

    1- thing that stood out is how God allows us understanding for the wisdom He gives us. Seems to be an extra measure of His great love for us. Many times I’ve told my boys to be wise and not explained the reason why which would give understanding.

  141. Jonathan says:

    ‘Wisdom to my heart and knowledge to my soul.’ I many times see the right path as to be revealed by purely head knowledge exposure, but there is a deeper and longer lasting place for wisdom that leads to the right paths.

    • Nathan says:

      I tend to lean on my own wisdom a lot it matters that I believe to be “less important” and lean on God’s wisdom in matters that I feel are more important or out of my control. I need to stop doing this! I need to lean on Him and His wisdom in all things.

  142. Mike Sirignano says:

    What I learned is that Gods wisdom is available to me, but is not going to arrive at my doorstep in a gift box. In the beginning verses of chapter 2, the writer is imploring is to seek Gods wisdom. We must desire, read and study His Word so we can be taught, rebuked, corrected and trained. Thank you Jesus!

  143. Brian Hays says:

    Thank you Jesus for turning my ear to wisdom and applying my heart to understanding.
    Praying before reading reveals so much more…

  144. Brian says:

    Often, when I recognize sin in my life I have prayed for God to change me. However, I have rarely stored up God’s command through regular Bible reading. I felt rebuked and corrected in this. Praying for help to avoid sin is great, but I’m not plugging into everything God is offering to help correct me when I leave my Bible unopened.

  145. Lawrence J Imbro says:

    I used to love evil but this proverb shows me I love wisdom more and this wisdom in from above which is perfect I Thank God for that every morning

  146. Matt Bollinger says:

    Love this reminder that scripture is living and should be treated so differently than any other reading.

    From the reading verses 12 and 16 really stuck out to me and are saying “Wisdom SAVES us from the ways of wicked man and the adulterous women.
    As we pray gentlemen, we need to ask and plead with Jesus to give us wisdom, wisdom way beyond ourselves that we would not fall victim to wicked men and or adulterous women. It is clear in our culture that Satan uses these things often to derail men seeking God.

  147. Fred says:

    v6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
    Why not hear from God first each day. Get the communication line open.

  148. Eddie says:

    As any believer and follower of Jesus Christ, the P.A.C.T. prayers help me personally to keep short account of my sins with God. Whether or not it is the driving reason behind my anger seeming to subside and not explode, I can’t say, but thank you Vince for this 35 day challenge that is helping me to be more like God’s man, King David, in my leadership, but may we all remember that being a good leader has NOTHING to do with being a good father. So may the rest of us fathers out there be good spiritual leaders and examples AS WELL AS good fathers to our children.

  149. Dave Benson says:

    What stood out to me was verse 3
    “ if you call out for insight”. I need to exercise passionate prayer to know the Lord better so His wisdom can penetrate my heart! All In!

  150. TROY THEYE says:

    God revealed so much to me in this text today. I read it and then listened to it. Every word definitely had a new impact on me.
    All I can say is who have to TRUST your God and everything you ever need will be answered with prayer.

  151. Pete says:

    God made it clear to me this morning that the reason I’m currently in a very frustrating situation is because I wanted to do this thing by my self without seeking the wisdom and guidance of others who have experience. My pride is what has landed me where I am. But I know where to go from here!

  152. JP says:

    God revealed to me that I should pursue Him with zeal to gain wisdom and knowledge so as to not fall victim to snares set by the enemy. Doing so I will find protection and grace in His kingdom

  153. Henry says:

    Do I look for wisdom as if it were silver or a hidden treasure? I think of treasure hunters as being totally consumed by the thoughts of finding the treasure, but do I seek God and his wisdom like that?

  154. Dean W says:

    Wisdom and knowledge come from God and His Word. Pride and sexual desires lead to a empty head and a empty heart. We all need to ask God for the strength to resist these temptations.

  155. Eric says:

    Wow, all a can really say is…God Is Awesome. I am so glad that He is alive. Despite having to clean up dog poo before starting my quiet time, i wasnt sure what God was going to show me. I feel free. The praying for the scriptures to come alive , just like yesterday with verse 1:33; today verse 2:7 jumped out. The whole context did as well, verses 3- okay thd whole chapter. Thank you living God.

  156. Brian Menk says:

    Once again, this simple reminder of praying before reading God’s word is exactly what I needed. God is good!!

  157. David says:

    God has all the wisdom and understanding to face my day if I am just willing to let go and let him take charge. Not only of my spirit, but of my thoughts, actions, schedule, tasks, and conversations.

  158. Bill Fuess says:

    Praying for all of you !!
    Living a Godly life is a choice it has to be done Day by Day Minute by Minute Good News We are on thg he right track !! Live it

  159. Bill says:

    indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
    The scriptures are telling us to reach out, call out for insight and wisdom, reach out and Sind of the world can be easier to navigate. Without help, we cannot help ourselves for we don’t see the light.

  160. Tom says:

    If I look for answers in God’s word as I would for riches, if I search for answers (truth) as earnestly as I would for a hidden treasure, then I will understand who God is, the truth about His character.

    In my reading today God told me “I will give you wisdom; knowledge and understanding. I hold your success in my hands. I will guard your path in this life and will protect you. I will help you understand what is right and just and fair. I’ll tell you what path to take as decisions face you during this day. I will cause wisdom to enter your heart. You’ll find it very pleasant. I will give you discretion. It will protect you, along with the understanding that I give you. This wisdom I give you will protect you from the evil that comes at you from every direction.”

    Wow! Even though trouble may come my way, God has assured me that this will be a good day. Thank you, Lord.

  161. Troy says:

    The Path, staying on the path of righteousness. Learning is Wisdom. Dear God teach me, rebuke me, correct me, and train me to STAY ON THE PATH. It’s about the Love God has for us, not to punish us. We are Blessed.

    • Bill says:

      The temptation and subduction of sin will always be with us. But if we turn immediately to God when tempted, He will help us.

  162. Walter says:

    Before I even listened to today’s message and before reading today’s scripture, not knowing anything about Proverbs 2, I prayed for and about what is in Proverbs 2. So , as He always does, God revealed to me that I need to put more trust in him, that he is all knowing and knows what I need. He’s truly an amazing God.

  163. Tom Klingbeil says:

    I’ve read the first few chapters of Proverbs recently. It seems as if they were directed at me. I’ve struggled with lustful thoughts most of my life. Praise God that he is delivering me from the grasp of addiction. He has been encouraging me and helping my marriage become stronger.

  164. dan says:

    Seek the Word of God – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on you own understanding. Proverbs 3:5. Knowing God is knowing the path to life everlasting.

  165. Mark Lundquist says:

    Verse 4 ” if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure (5) then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find knowledge of God.” This is the verse that jumped out at me. How fervently do I seek GOD? I ask myself this very often. Am I as “good” a seeker as the others? Do I seek correctly? Am I as good a Christian as those around me? I know others feel the same way and it strikes me that we make it too complicated. The answer is simply to SEEK. Like silver! Like Gold! The more I seek, the more I will be given. The saying “you sow what you reap” comes to mind. I will seek!

  166. James M Wegiel says:

    Just wondering if you guys are aware that you can go back to previous days and read the comments of those who got started later than we did?

    • TJ says:

      Yes, Jay, thank you for bringing that up (and for bringing this program to our attention). I go back to see if people post after me, and I also check the open forum as well. And I jumped ahead, too…shh… I just wanted to be sure that it “picked up” from the past two days (day 1 go get a Bible, day 2 start reading Proverbs…um, okay…), as I was not sure how we were going to go forward with the Proverbs readings. It does keep expanding, reaffirming and adding. Just my opinion, I think this is a very good program…!

  167. Ben E says:

    Chapter 2. IF YOU receive my words, call out, and seek, THEN YOU will understand SO YOU will be delivered and walk in the way of the good. If then so.

  168. Dave P says:

    Wisdom is a gift from God through His Word. It gives us knowledge and understanding if we truly seek it.

  169. Ben E says:

    Chapter 2. IF YOU receive my words, call out, seek it ; THEN YOU will understand; SO YOU will be delivered and will walk in the way of the good. If then so.

  170. James M Wegiel says:

    Today was a good reminder for me to pray before reading/studying the Bible. I often do but not always. That to me means doing it in my own strength and not God’s power.

  171. Edward says:

    God revealed to me today to break-off my relationship with my girlfriend. Staying with her would only lead to my destruction.

  172. Bryan says:

    We should be seeking wisdom and understanding from God’s Word. This should be a higher priority than the pursuit of treasures in this world.

  173. John says:

    When we seek him for understanding, he will not only reveal to us what we need, he then will also protect us!

    • John Sather says:

      I need to be alway asking and seeking God wisdom and guidance and really be pray-full and the decisions and choice I need to make to be in his will

  174. Paul Leininger says:

    This portion spoke peace and centeredness over me.
    “For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.“

  175. Michael Swalley says:

    I am struck by the desperation, passion, and excitement of the one who is searching. Searching as if for treasure, yet this is much more valuable than treasure. I want to “cry aloud” for this understanding and seek it for the value that it is.

  176. Russ says:

    Verses 2-5 spoke to me. I need to always be searching and asking God for His wisdom and His understanding and make it a priority to seek them out.

  177. George says:

    Makes me think that seeking wisdom will never be finished but there is a truth and the constant seeking is our way of expressing our reverence to God.

  178. Kevin says:

    Proverbs provides the detailed road map to navigate the challenges of our journey. We need to stay on the paved roads to avoid getting lost.

  179. Stephen says:

    What really stuck out with me was verse 5 I am not sure why but I felt like knowing what it truly meant to fear the lord was more than just reverence but also a desire to learn more to dive deeper into the word and prayer to seek his understanding striving for discernment and wisdom that only God can provide

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