“He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. (8) He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. ” Proverbs 2.7-8
If you are anything like me, there are times in life when you wonder to yourself, “What in the world is God doing now?” It’s not a matter of trust, but rather we struggle to understand where the path is going and we develop some sense of apprehension and fear. Solomon addresses these questions and fears in these verses above. One translation uses these words for the first phrase of v. 7: “He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.” God wants us to act and react in wisdom (which is a proper application of the knowledge we possess, and that equals wisdom). Then we are told that “he is a buckler (shield) to them that walk uprightly.” He promises to PROTECT us when we walk with integrity. That promise is God’s answer to our fears and uncertainties.
Then in v. 8 our God “keeps the path of judgment, and preserves the way of his saints.” There is NEVER a time when your Heavenly Father is not “preserving (watching over) the way …” we take. Just because our path seems uncertain to us does not mean that God does not KNOW exactly where He is leading us. I was reading just this morning about Abraham, when God told him to go out and “he went out, not knowing whither he went.” Can you imagine the conversation he had with Sarah? “We are leaving in the morning” he says. “Where are we going? asks Sarah. “I don’t know” he says. “How long will it take to get there?” she says. “I don’t know,” he answers. The same God who had nurtured Abraham’s faith wants to nurture our faith as well. Let’s rejoice that “he is a buckler (shield)” for us and that he “preserves the way of his saints.” Just My Thoughts …