Lent Devotional: Proverbs 3:19-26
by Jonathan Haefs
Proverbs 3:19-26 (click here)
The LORD by wisdom founded the earth…
My son, do not lose sight of these—keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.
Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.
(Proverbs 3 selected verses)
When sudden terror strikes… what is your foundation… your anchor… your solid rock?
When the wicked close in around you with words or wounds… to what or whom do you turn?
When all around your soul gives way… who is all your hope and stay?
Solomon says we have one confidence that will keep us from being caught in the snares of terror… the Lord himself! He is our foundation, our anchor, our rock, all our hope and stay to whom we turn.
And Solomon emphasizes why we can have such confidence in God amidst such trying situations. “The LORD by wisdom founded the earth.”
Solomon tells us not to lose sight of God’s sovereignty as the one who made all and rules over all. Sovereignty is the very truth that often causes us to struggle when the wicked strike and prosper. We are left asking why the Lord doesn’t do something because we know he can.
The very truth that causes us to question, is also the rock-solid foundation of our hope. For if God is sovereign, then he can keep all his promises, and he has promised that terror and the wicked do not win in the end. They will not last. They will meet their end when he brings redemption to completion! So, we have confidence because we do not lose sight of our sovereign God.
No matter how dark the terror of the wicked may seem… the light of the Sovereign God pierces the night with a beam of hope that will one day shine in full strength as the sun of victory.
Christian… do not be afraid… do not lose sight of your sovereign God… HE is your confidence!