Good Evening to All
Proverbs 2:7-8 (NRSV New Revised Standard Version) He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly, (8) guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of his faithful ones.
A teenage girl found herself continually tempted by her friends to do things she knew she shouldn't. Once s
he was offered drugs, occasionally she was offered alcohol, often she was approached by boys who tried to take advantage of her. Her constant reply was that she was a Christian. Usually, she was made fun of for her faith. One time, however, a friend asked her why her faith made such a difference.
The girl replied, "I really want to do what God asks me to. When I do what He wants, I feel better about myself. When I do wrong, I feel terrible. I'd rather feel good inside and have people make fun of me, than feel lousy and give into temptation."
Ref: Wisdom from the Proverbs 365 Days of Wisdom and Encouragement by Dan and Nancy Dick.
To this I said Hurrah! I can't help but feel that if the "all knowing" (or so they think) politicians who took Prayer and God out of school, would have shown some common sense, instead of worrying about what all of the unbelievers, atheists, and whatever other groups who are trying to force their beliefs on Christians, the children, teens and young adults of today would not have NEAR all of the mental problems they have meaning suicide or homicidal mania (for lack of a better word), drugs, or even alcohol.
I must say I commend any young person who has the faith in God to get them through these trouble times. I know it's not easy, but like the young lady in the story, if we (of all ages) will just read and study Proverbs and abide by it, our complicated lives would be much easier to handle, because God would be in control. All we have to do is what He says, and we WILL OVERCOME and temptations.
The kids need HIM in school more today than ever before. If He was still included in school, I'm sure there would still be peer pressure, because that is a fact of life, but not for the same things. I don't think there would be near as much bullying, because even if a person (child or adult alike) doesn't go to church, if they hear scriptures or a prayer everyday, something will stick.
I think that the reason the non-Christian parents don't want their children to hear the word of God, is because the child would come home and ask questions that the parents probably couldn't answer, but e, why would it be so hard for them to say "we don't believe that way? Why penalize Christians? I don't think they are trying to keep God out of school for the children's "benefit", I think it's for their own.
I didn't mean to get on my soap box. This started out about the Proverb saying that as long as we include God in our daily lives ( our actions) at school or anywhere else, we can overcome any temptation and we can withstand anything.
I have never really delved into a Commentary before tonight. I've glanced at them, or read a piece here and there, but never really looked at it for what it truly is.
Commentary: Asbury Commentary for Proverb 2:7-8
Solomon encourages the "Student" in different versions he urges (4) (my son, my child, and my good friend) to pursue after wisdom as diligently as those who seek silver or hidden treasure. (vv. 7-8) The first result of such an endeavor is understanding the fear (reverence) of the Lord. By pursuing the principles by which God ordered creation, one gains his help in life and is assured of victory.
Now the Reformation Study Bible was short and to the point. All it said about this passage was:
Proverbs 2:7 The character of God, which the wise come to know (v. 5), is the basis of morality. Standards of integrity and righteousness are expressions of wisdom.
2:8 his saints. These are people who show that they possess the fear of the Lord by imitating His covenant love.
What this is saying to me is that if we are "TRUE" Christians, we will carry God in our hearts at all times. We will be clothed in Him. Our actions will allow Christ to shine through us. We know we can overcome all of the temptations that come against us. Don't get me wrong, I know we will fall, as Adam and Eve made sure of that, but by the Love of God, He made sure that we could repent. At least when we fall, we can fall toward to Him so He can catch us. This why we can overcome, why we can say "no" to temptation. With Him being for us, who can be against us?
This Proverb gives us encouragement to know that as long as we have the wisdom that He is with us giving us strength, we can beat anything.
Good Night to All and May God Bless!