A “Grid” Passage for Wisdom in Determining God’s Will

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JP: By Pastor John Hartog III. Used with permission.

Studies in Proverbs 3:1-12 (PART ONE)

This passage contains couplets of verses (a “grid”): 1&2, 3&4, 5&6, 7&8, 9&10, and 11&12. A “grid” passage is an outline, framework, or list that might be used in order to understand and analyze a complex set of circumstances or a difficult decision. The “grid” provides a biblical way of thinking and can protect the believer from natural (old-man) ways of thinking. Another “grid” passage is 2 Peter 1:5-9.

(PROVERBS 3:1-2) OBEY GOD. “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep [guard, keep close] my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace [wholeness, harmony], shall they [God’s Torah commandments] add to thee.”

Obedience and Length of Days. Proverbs 9:10-11 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.” Proverbs 10:27 “The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.” Proverbs 19:23 “The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.”

Example of Solomon. God told Solomon: 1 Kings 3:13-14 “And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.”

Example of Children. The Apostle Paul quoted from Deuteronomy 5:16 and slightly modified the quotation for a direct application in this church-age: Ephesians 6:1-3 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”

A Life of Peace, That Is a Wholesome Life. Proverbs 12:21 “There shall no evil [grave trouble] happen to [overtake, encounter] the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief [evil].” By the way, this is a proverb, not a promise; in other words: “All things being equal, those who live godly lives tend to live long, wholesome lives; on the other hand, those who live evil lives tend not to live long, wholesome lives.”

  • When determining the Lord’s will in any matter, we must make sure that the decision does not contradict His revealed will (i.e., the Bible) because God will never lead us to go against His Word.
  • Sometimes when we are searching for God’s will, we are actually struggling to find ways to justify our own stubborn will in spite of the fact that our decision would violate the teachings of Scripture.
  • Obedience to God’s Word proverbially results in a long and wholesome life (remember, this is not a promise but a proverb).
  • We must study God’s Word, so that we know it, so that it can show us God’s will. If we do not know the Scriptures, we do not know God’s will.

© Pastor John Hartog III, Th.D

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