30 Days of Thanks #13- God’s Conditional Promises
Throughout the month of November I am writing about the first thing for which I am consciously thankful each day. I am doing this simply as a way to be more intentionally grateful. For more on this project, check out the first one or even last year’s 30 Days of Thanks.
This past Sunday in our 2gether Bible study group, we talked about Proverbs 3. To be honest, I really didn’t expect to learn very much because I have been able to quote the key verses in that chapter (5-6) for as long as could talk. What more could I possibly see that I haven’t figured out in the first 31 years of my life?
1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
2 for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.
3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favor and good success
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
Proverbs 3:1-10 (ESV)
I’ll tell you what I could see—the other conditional promises in the first part of that passage:
live by God’s law → live a long and peaceful life (1-2)
be merciful and truthful → have favor with God and men (3-4)
trust completely in God → He will give you direction (5-6)
humble yourself → have a refreshed spirit (7-8)
honor God with your possessions → never experience want (9-10)
Today, November 13, I am thankful that God promises to reward our devotion to Him.