Proverbs 23: King James Bible
Powerful Instruction – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty three, Verse 19
19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Powerful Instruction
There are three important things that we’re being instructed to do in the verse above. But it’s not simple advice from the Lord as we’ve seen from time to time.
These three things are not suggestions, but are instead commandments. Hear, be wise, and guide your heart.
Hear what exactly? Scripture tells us in several places to “incline our ears,” or to “open up our ears,” to the word of the Lord. The Word of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and an instrumental part of our walk with him.
Sometimes we stumble into a situation where a verse may come to mind. When this happens, it’s likely that the Father is telling you something, and bringing to your remembrance a verse that will instruct you in whatever it is you’ve stumbled upon.
If that were to happen, what do you do? Do you just continue on and ignore the Word of the Lord that has been brought forward, or do you respond according to the information given?
I’ve found that when this happens to me, it happens to be at the most inopportune times. At least that is how it seems. But we can only see what’s right in front of us, not what the Lord is doing behind the scenes.
The Lord isn’t interested in what makes us uncomfortable, especially if it takes making us uncomfortable in order to bring us closer to a blessing that he’s prepared for us. Chances are, if the Word of the Lord is being stirred up within you, and following through in obedience to whatever that scripture might be saying makes you uncomfortable, chances are that it’s a weakness the Lord’s trying to purge from your spiritual system.
This is the point behind the three step command in verse 19. First hear, then be wise enough to discern the Word being given you, and guide your heart to fulfillment of what you’ve heard.
All three are important, and using two out of three won’t cut it. In my opinion, I believe that this is one of the biggest problem that go on in the prophetic community.
I don’t know how many different prophecies I’ve heard over the years, that have been false. Some look good and feel right at the time, but in the end, are false prophecies. YouTube is littered with them, and if you want evidence of this, just search for any of the “2012” prophecies that were around in 2011. I’m talking about Christian prophecies, not any of the others.
This happens when one of the three steps above have gone by the wayside. Typically number 2 (be wise), because they take something in the Word of God, and try to match it up to the news of the day that may be influencing how they interpret the Word. Does this make that person a false prophet?
Well, it makes their prophecy more influenced by the world rather than the Lord, so in a literal sense, yes. But more often than not, when we read in the Bible about a false prophet, it is someone who is deliberately deceiving people, not simply people who are taken up in the moment, and working off of their instincts, rather than the Holy Ghost.
Where some may call someone a false prophet because a prophecy falls flat, I’d call them simply mistaken (unless the person is clearly intending to deceive). This falls into the realm of judging the heart of someone else, when we haven’t got any insight into the contents thereof. That’s dangerous ground for Christians to be treading. But I digress…
I used prophecy as an example, but any of the gifts of the Spirit of the Lord, can be tested or shored up by the three steps given to us in this small yet power packed verse!
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 7: King James Bible
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
James 1: King James Bible
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
1 Peter 4: King James Bible
11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1 John 4: King James Bible
4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Thank you for your everlasting Word, and for your thoughts toward us. Who are we that we should be the beneficiaries of such a wonderful gift of salvation from you? Help us Lord, open our ears to hear what you’re telling us. Grant us the wisdom to discern your voice over all others that try to influence our words and actions. And aid us i the guidance of our hearts, as we know how important it is to you for our hearts to be washed clean from this fallen world. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever noticed that some of the shortest verses can have the most powerful instruction?