Passage: Proverbs 3:1–3:12
The General Principle of Wisdom’s Prosperity
1, 2 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.
Wisdom’s Prosperity Begins with a Transformed Heart
3, 4 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success
in the sight of God and man.
- Deuteronomy 6:4-9
- Proverbs 16:6
Wisdom’s Prosperity Found in Obedience
5, 6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
- Proverbs 16:9
7, 8 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
- Proverbs 12:15
- Proverbs 22:4
9, 10 Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
- Deuteronomy 11:13-15
- Deuteronomy 28:45, 51
Wisdom’s Prosperity Found in Discipline
11, 12 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.
True prosperity comes from knowing Wisdom.
- Galatians 1:6-8
- Galatians 3:7-9, 13, 14
- What problems arise when we define prosperity as “health” and “wealth”?
- How should we balance the promises of physical prosperity with the ultimate promise of spiritual prosperity?
- Do I feel like I have displeased or angered the Lord when he is taking me through times of discipline?