Proverbs 4 – Wise Advice

The key verse today is verse 4 which states, “My father taught me, Take my words to heart, follow my commands, and you will live.”

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Theme: Take my words to heart, follow my commands, and you will live

action  Lesson #1: 26 Expected actions 

  1. Listen when your father corrects you (v. 1)
  2. Pay attention and learn good judgment (v. 1)
  3. Don’t turn away from my instructions (v. 2)
  4. Take my words to heart (v. 4)
  5. Follow my commands (v. 4)
  6. Get wisdom (v. 5)
  7. Love her(Wisdom) (v. 6)
  8. Develop good judgment (v. 5)
  9. Prize wisdom (v. 8)
  10. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them (v. 5)
  11. Don’t turn your back on wisdom (v. 6)
  12. And whatever else you do, develop good judgment (v. 7)
  13. Embrace her(wisdom), and she will honor you (v. 8)
  14. Listen to me and do as I say (v. 10)
  15. Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go (v. 13)
  16. Guard them(my instructions), for they are the key to life (v. 13)
  17. Don’t do as the wicked do (v. 14)
  18. Don’t follow the path of evildoers (v. 14)
  19. Don’t even think about it(path of evildoers); don’t go that way. Turn away and keep moving (v. 15)
  20. Don’t lose sight of them(my words) (v. 21)
  21. Let them(my words) penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them(my words), and healing to their whole body (v. 21)
  22. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life (v. 23)
  23. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech (v. 24)
  24. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you (v. 25)
  25. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path (v. 26)
  26. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil (v. 27)

resolution Resolution:

Lesson #2: The Positive outcome of the expect actions

  • You will live (v.4)
  • Wisdom will place a lovely wreath on your head; she will present you with a beautiful crown (v.9)
  • Wisdom will protect you (v.6)
  • Wisdom will guard you (v.6)
  • Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! (v.7)
  • She(Wisdom) will make you great (v.8)
  • She(Wisdom) will honor you (v.8)
  • You will have a long, good life (v.10)
  • I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths (v.11)
  • When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble (v.12)
  • The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until full light of day (v.18)
  • My words bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body (v.22)

negative Lesson #3: The Negative effects of ignoring the expected actions

  • Evil people can’t sleep until they’ve done their evil deed for the day (v.16)
  • They can’t rest until they’ve caused someone to stumble (v.16)
  • They eat the food of wickedness and drink the wine of violence! (v.17)
  • The way of the wicked is like total darkness (v.19)
  • They have no idea what they are stumbling over (v.19)

Lesson #4: The Suggested Negative effects of ignoring the expected actions

  • Does not develop good judgment (v.5)
  • Forgets my(father) words, turn away from them (v.5)
  • Turns their back on wisdom (v.6)
  • Does not prize wisdom (v.8)
  • Does not embrace wisdom (v.8)
  • Does not listen to the father, and will not have a long life (v.10)
  • Will not be lead in straight paths (v.11)
  • When you walk, you will be held back; when you run you will stumble (v.12)
  • Does not take hold of the father’s instructions; lets them go (v.13)
  • Does not guard the father’s instructions, yet they are the key to life (v.13)
  • Does as the wicked do, follows the path of evildoers (v.14)
  • Even thinks about the path of evildoers; will go that way (v.15)
  • Does not turn away and stands still rather than moving (v.12)
  • Does not pay attention to what the father says (v.20)
  • Does not listen carefully to his words (v.20)
  • Loses sight of the father’s words (v.21)
  • Does not allow the father’s words to penetrate deep into his heart (v.21)
  • Does not guard his heart above all else (v.23)
  • Does not avoid perverse talk; stays close to corrupt speech (v.24)
  • Does not look straight ahead, nor does he fix his/her eyes on what lies before him/her (v.25)
  • Does not mark out a straight path for his feet; does not stay on the safe path (v.26)
  • Gets sidetracked; his feet follows evil (v.27)

questions Questions: cross_

  1. Doesn’t Father God call us his children?
  2. Shouldn’t we apply this chapter to learning how to pay attention to him?
  3. Father God gives good guidance, should we be turning away from his instructions?    Of course not but we do and then we wonder why we suffer the consequences of our destructive choices.

If you really want to be successful in life then perhaps you will consider the instructions of a very wise Father who calls us all his children.

The last verse in this chapter states, “Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.” (v. 27)

Our Wise Father does not want his children walking in opposition, ignorance, hindered, discouraged, and blocked from his presence.

It is prayer time, let’s pray about ignorance, discouragement, and being blocked from God’s presence.

I pray that you will allow the Father to teach you wisdom’s ways and allow him to lead you in straight paths.  Be Blessed!

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