Proverbs 2:6-9 reads, “All wisdom comes from the Lord, and so do common sense and understanding. God gives helpful advice to everyone who obeys him and protects those who live as they should. God sees that justice is done, and he watches over everyone who is faithful to him. With wisdom you will learn what is right and honest and fair.”
When I read these verses I’m both comforted and little concerned. Am I faithful to God? Am I living as I ‘should’? Do I obey him enough so that he will give me good advice? These seem to be hard questions with no solid answers. Obedience to one person may not be obedience to another. Faithfulness to one may not be faithfulness to another. And what does it mean to ‘live as we should?’
When we read passages like this it may seem impossible to know whether or not you meet the criteria to receive anything from God! Having a lot of wisdom, common sense, helpful advice and protection sounds just like what I need, so how can I be sure I qualify?
I have really good news: Jesus qualified for us, on our behalf! He satisfied all the requirements of obedience, faithfulness and righteous living!
We must remember, that we could never satisfy God’s requirements but Jesus could, and he did, and by believing in HIM we assume HIS right standing with God. And now God gives us freely everything we need to live which includes but is not limited to: wisdom, common sense, protection, helpful advice.
That’s really good news.