Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
I don’t know about you, but for me the above verses are the ones that have been the most memorable in Proverbs chapter 3. Once when I was having a difficult time in college, I actually took my Bible and randomly opened it and pointed to a verse, hoping the Lord would lead me to just what I needed. Where did my finger land? You guessed it, Proverbs 3:5-6. I don’t recommend this as a method of Bible study, but the Lord graciously lead me to this verse, which gave me comfort both then and many more times over the years.
Earlier this week I had some quiet time in the morning and I read Proverbs chapter 3 again. The following verses jumped out at me:
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
I didn’t see a practical application of those verses in my life, but for some reason they jumped off the page at me and I even copied them in the little journal I’ve started keeping next to my Bible. Well, this morning my practical application arrived. It’s a little complicated, but essentially a friend is withholding something I need because of a miscommunication that occurred some time ago, and didn’t actually involve me, but another member of my family. Our friend feels that we withheld something from him. A small miscommunication has taken on a life of its own. I hate that there is a stumbling block in this friendship which we hadn’t realized or addressed, and that our friend has been hurt. I’m embarrassed to have asked a favor of a friend who felt we had neglected his own request. Mostly, I’m not sure how to tactfully address the situation and resolve it, but I’m thinking I need to look to the other Proverbs 3 verses that caught my attention earlier this week:
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.