Happy Father’s Day

First, as we think about the book of Proverbs, there is a lot about fathers and sons. As we come to Father’s Day I want to thank my Dad for all he did and does for me, for the family, for this country. He served well. More than that, this weekend we are to look to the Heavenly Father and give thanks to Him. Undeserving of His love, His mercy, His forgiveness, His salvation, and more, He granted all these things to me, and offers them to you as well. Don’t miss out on His blessings. Maybe you struggle with your earthly Dad. Don’t let that be an excuse not to turn to God the Father. Pick up His Word and read it to find out who He really is.

Now to our lesson. As we turn the page to the next chapter we read Proverbs 3:1-4 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. 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. (ESV)

Do you want peace and years added? God is straight forward in saying, “then do not forget my teaching and focus on God’s commands.” We need to be focused on Scripture. We need to have Scripture blinders on. With all the junk that is out there in today’s world we have to protect ourselves and our families. Next is a great echo that we find in both the Old Testament and the New Testament about the tablets of our hearts. There again we have to protect them with good, godly things and not junk. This is followed by a statement about success. To you, is success about things and wealth? Is it about a lot of money in the bank or stocks in your portfolio? NO, we want to be pleasing to the LORD and a success in His eyes.

Proverbs 3:5-8 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. 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.

Have you heard guys say they are familiar with a certain track? Or the guy that says he has driven so many laps at a place he could drive around the track with his eyes closed? I hear that at times indicating they know the track and have a lot of laps at that place. Here is a verse we could be very familiar with and just pass over. Stop and really think about it. Again ask for insight, fresh insight from the LORD, from the Holy Spirit. Then think about these questions:

Am I trusting in the LORD?
With all my heart?
Do I rely more on myself or on God?

We wouldn’t think about just glancing over the car as we prepare it. Instead you pay attention to every detail and take your time to look things over. Do the same with these verses. Even if you are very familiar with them, slow down and let them sink in.

Verse six talks about focus on God and gives Him the credit. Then, in verse 7, the echo of fear of the LORD comes again. This time there is a good strong instruction with it – turn away from evil. How are you doing on that? I know we all have to continuously work on turning from evil. We conquer one area and God shows us another area to work on. Next, catch the promise that goes with it – healing and refreshment. Wonder why you are tired out? Not feeling the best? Maybe you need to turn from a sin that is wearing you down. I know I am asking God right now to show me the areas I am slipping up in. (A good place to pray Psalm is 139:23)

We better stop here and think on those few verses. There is a lot in them. Thanks for studying with me.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine and see you at a local race track soon,

Pastor Todd

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