Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Proverbs 3:5-6 - Matthew Henry Commentary Insights

"5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."-Prov. 3:5-6

Matthew Henry: "We must have a continual regard to God's providence, must own and depend upon it in all our affairs, both by faith and prayer. 1. By faith. We must repose an entire confidence in the wisdom, power, and goodness of God, assuring ourselves of the extent of his providence to all the creatures and all their actions...we must believe that he is able to do what he will, wise to do what is best, and good, according to his promise, to do what is best for us, if we love him, and serve him."

My comments: Those two verses of scripture are among the most well-beloved portions of the Bible among believers, and for good reason. I know it has been a pair of verses I've reminded myself of over and over throughout my walk, especially during hard, trying times. Are you going through a pressing time right now in your walk? Are you going through some cloudiness or confusion, not knowing what your next step should be? If so, I encourage you to meditate on those verses, pray over them and apply them. Indeed, God is trustworthy in each and every situation, no matter how hard it may be. He will see us through each and every time.

Matthew Henry: "We must, with an entire submission and satisfaction, depend upon him to perform all things for us, and not lean to our own understanding, as if we could, by any forecast of our own, without God, help ourselves, and bring our affairs to a good issue. Those who know themselves cannot but find their own understanding to be a broken reed, which, if they lean to, will certainly fail them. In all our conduct we must be diffident of our own judgment, and confident of God's wisdom, power, and goodness, and therefore must follow Providence and not force it. That often proves best which was least our own doing."

My comments: I couldn't agree more with those comments from Henry. I have continually found it beneficial to pray sincerely from the heart, "Lord, I don't want to do this in my own understanding and strength. I need Your wisdom and power to accomplish this or I will utterly fail."

Matthew Henry: "2. By prayer (v. 6): In all thy ways acknowledge God. We must not only in our judgment believe that there is an over-ruling hand of God ordering and disposing of us and all our affairs, but we must solemnly own it, and address ourselves to him accordingly. We must ask his leave, and not design anything but what we are sure is lawful. We must ask his advice and beg direction from him, not only when the case is difficult (when we know not what to do, no thanks to us that we have our eyes up to him), but in every case, be it ever so plain, we must ask success of him, as those who know the race is not to the swift. We must refer ourselves to him as one from whom our judgment proceeds, and patiently, and with a holy indifference, wait his award. In all our ways that prove direct, and fair, and pleasant, in which we gain our point to our satisfaction, we must acknowledge God with thankfulness. In all our ways that prove cross and uncomfortable, and that are hedged up with thorns, we must acknowledge God with submission. Our eye must be ever towards God; to him we must, in every thing, make our requests known...For our encouragement to do this, it is promised, "He shall direct thy paths, so that thy way shall be safe and good and the issue happy at last.'' Note, Those that put themselves under a divine guidance shall always have the benefit of it. God will give them that wisdom which is profitable to direct, so that they shall not turn aside into the by-paths of sin, and then will himself so wisely order the event that it shall be to their mind, or (which is equivalent) for their good. Those that faithfully follow the pillar of cloud and fire shall find that though it may lead them about it leads them the right way and will bring them to Canaan at last."

1 comment:

  1. Love Matthew Henry's commentary on these two precious verses! Thanks for sharing. God bless..

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