Proverbs 3:1-10 – IT’S WORTH IT!

A COMPLETE LESSON

· What have you done in your lifetime that wasn’t really worth it?

· What have you done in your lifetime that has been worth it?

· How can you tell if something is worth it or not worth it?

In Proverbs 3:1-10 God shows us some things that are worth it. There are five things listed here that God says are worth it and He tells us why.

THE VALUE OF OBEDIENCE – QUALITY OF LIFE – Vss. 1-2

· This passage was originally a father talking with his son. Because Christians are the “Children of God” (Galatians 3:26), I believe we can apply this passage as if our Heavenly Father is talking to us.

· Vs. 1 – Do you think that we “forget” what we don’t want to do? Why or why not?

· Why must God’s commandments be kept in the heart before we practice them as behavior?

· How do we get God’s Word from our heads to our hearts?

Psalm 119:11 – Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Psalm 119:97 – O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

Psalm 119:111 – Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.

· “The heart keeps what it loves; what it dislikes it lets go. The very soul of sin is here; ‘an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.’” William Arnot, Studies in Proverbs, pp. 81-82

· Vs. 2 – How is peace added to the person who keeps God’s commands in his heart?

· “But length of days is the promise to the righteous; whether for earth or for heaven, as their Father seems best for them. In itself the promise, for this life has no charm.” Charles Bridges, A Modern Study in the Book of Proverbs, Revised by George F. Santa, (Milford, Michigan, Mott Media, 1978), p. 27

· As a general principle, do you think that those that obey God’s commands live longer lives?

THE VALUE OF LOVINGKINDNESS AND FAITHFULNESS – FAVOR WITH GOD AND MAN – Vss. 3-4

· Vs. 3 – Mercy refers to “lovingkindness”. Truth refers to “faithfulness”.

· How will lovingkindness affect our relationships with God and others?

· Why is faithfulness to God and man important? Luke 16:10, 1 Corinthians 4:2

· Around the neck lovingkindness and faithfulness could be a decoration or a yoke. What is the value of each?

· How can we “write” lovingkindness and faithfulness on our hearts?

· Vs. 4 – How will lovingkindness and faithfulness put us in the favor of God and man?

· How will lovingkindness and faithfulness prove to God and man that you have good understanding?

THE VALUE OF TRUST – DIRECTION – Vss. 5-6

· Vs. 5 – What does it mean to …trust in the Lord with all thine heart?

· How do we tend to “lean unto” our “own understanding”? Why is this dangerous?

· Vs. 6 – React to this statement: “He (God) loves to be consulted.” Bridges, p. 30

· How do prayer and obedience reflect trust?

· The promise is that God will guide us if we want Him to. How often do we really want Him to?

· Is there any decision too small to consult God about?

· Psalm 32:8 – I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

THE VALUE OF REVERENCE – HEALTH – Vss. 7-8

· Vs. 7 – We all reverence something or someone. But I believe that in essence, we will either reverence God or ourselves.

· How do fearing the Lord and departing from evil relate to each other? What would you say to a person who claims to fear God and continues in habitual sin?

· “Where God is honored, sin is hated, loathed, and resisted.” Bridges, p. 32

· Vs. 8 – What kind(s) of health apply here?

THE VALUE OF GIVING – BLESSING – Vss. 9-10

· Vs. 9 – In what ways do Christians “honor the Lord with their substance”?

Luke 21:3-4 – And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of  her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

Philippians 4:18 – But I have all, and abound: I am full,

having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.

2 Corinthians 9:7 – Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

· Vs. 10 – Why can we not out-give God if we give with the right attitude?

Proverbs 19:17 – He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which  he hath given will he pay him again.

Philippians 4:19 – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.