I read a sign recently that stated, "Rules are made to break." I used to believe that and I tested it in my youthful days. But, the older I get, the more I cherish the simplicity of living. I don't look at rules as something to keep me out of life, but to keep me alive.
In reading Proverbs 3 recently, it really hit home that God rewards us for our devotion to Him and following the rules He sets for us. It's not for His good, but for ours. Because He loves us.
In reading the wisdom of Proverbs 3, there are 10 things that really stood out to me. Along with the rules God gives, there are 10 rewards when wisdom is the path taken. It's pretty clear that God wants us to treat others with love and kindness. He wants us to trust Him. He wants us to show wisdom in the choices we make.
I've simplified the chapter, but I think you can see clearly when we follow what God has set before us, we will not have shame or doubt littering the road we travel. Instead, our road will be paved with wisdom.
Read Proverbs 3:1-35 here.
1. Don't forget His Commandments.
Reward: Long Life and Peace
2. Be Merciful and Truthful
Reward: Favor and High Esteem with God and man
3. Trust in the Lord
Reward: He will Direct your Way
4. Fear the Lord and Live a Holy Life
Reward: Health and Strength
5. Give First Fruits and Store
Reward: You will be prepared
6. Take Corrections (ouch, this is a difficult one)
Reward: Reveals Love
7. Seek Wisdom and Wise People
Reward: Tree of Life and Happiness
8. Be Wise and Discrete
Reward: Safety, Rest and Peace
9. Be Kind to Others
Reward: Blessings from God
10. Be Humble
Reward: Inherit Glory and No Shame.