I’ve got a few restaurants that have a favorite dish of mine (like Applebee’s for example – I’m a fan of their Riblet platter, or Pappasitos – I just love their Matamora’s combination platter of great fajitas and barbecued ribs with a Southwest rub). But as much as I love those favorite dishes, it’s important to remember that those restaurants serve other great dishes as well!
There is a passage in Proverbs that is a lot like that… A great passage with a couple of verses for which it is incredibly well known. Here are the extremely well known verses…
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding! In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
But, the whole passage is well worth memorizing (Proverbs 3:1-12)! In fact, I really urge you to memorize the entire passage! It contains 6 core principles for a blessed, fulfilling, successful and prosperous life (and along with each of the principles is a related warning).
I’ve discovered it often helps me if I personally paraphrase great passages I love. Here is my personal paraphrase of each of the principles (and warnings) of Proverbs 3:1-12. (I hope it is a blessing to you!)
Principle 1 (and warning) vss. 1-2:
Remember – act upon the teaching you’ve received… Don’t allow yourself to forget it!
Principle 2 (and warning) vss. 3-4:
Exhibit loyal love and faithfulness… Do not neglect showing it to God and others!
Principle 3 (and warning) vss. 5-6:
Trust in the Lord completely… Don’t try to figure everything that comes your way on your own!
Principle 4 (and warning) vss. 7-8:
Reverence the Lord… Don’t be wise in your own opinion (a “know-it-all”)!
Principle 5 (and warning) vss. 9-10:
Honor God with your money and possessions… Don’t try to get rich and prosperous without God’s blessing!
Principle 6 (and warning) vss. 11-12:
Be willing to accept and respond positively to your Heavenly Father’s discipline… Don’t resent it! Remember He loves you!
One more time… Proverbs 3:5-6 are some wonderful, well-known verses, but remember that the entire passage (Proverbs 3:1-12) is well worth memorizing as well! In fact, I recommend it!