A Good Course of Life

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Integrity is a life choice. It's not complicated, but requires honesty of heart.

God alone is the source for true integrity of heart.

Its benefits far outweigh the cost of pursuing integrity.

Scripture Text

My [child],
if you take my words [to heart] and treasure my commands within you,
if you pay close attention to wisdom, and let your mind reach for understanding,
if indeed you call out for insight, if you ask aloud for understanding,
if you search for wisdom as if it were money and hunt for it as if it were hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord and you will find the knowledge of God.
The Lord gives wisdom. From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He has reserved priceless wisdom for decent people.
He is a shield for those who walk in integrity in order to guard those on paths of justice and to watch over the way of his godly ones.
Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good course [in life]. (Proverbs 2:1-9 GW)

Key phrase — The Lord gives wisdom.

Digging Deeper...

  1. What are the conditional—if— statements? What is the primary directive of these statements?
  2. What is the result of gaining this wisdom? [hint– look for what follows "then"]
  3. What assurances are given of pursuing and gaining this wisdom?
  4. How will this wise insight benefit a person?

Make it personal...

How do you go about seeking wisdom or wise counsel? Are the priorities and values of your life external things or internal in nature?

How will you choose what is right and just and fair when circumstances are difficult?

What will guide you when you're stuck in a compromising situation?

Reflection

Pursuing and gaining true wisdom and a right fear of God brings blessing upon a person's life.

Integrity of heart becomes a shield and protects our very soul, and enables a person to be a blessing in the life of others.