Proverbs 22:20 "Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,"
This is part of Solomon’s question to his son. In the previous verses he told his son to have a readiness and humility to hear the words of the wise and have a teachable heart in applying his heart/attitude to his knowledge (22:18). The result would be pleasantness and these words being fitted into his son’s lips. Solomon then states the purpose of teaching his son in Proverbs 22:19, "That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known unto thee…" He then lists two secondary aspects of the first purpose, trusting God, in Proverbs 22:21 and the purpose of his writing to his son in counsels and knowledge:
- That he would know the certainty of the words of truth
- That he would answer the word of truth to those who send unto him.
God has given us an abundant wealth of knowledge through His Word. We ought to know our doctrine, that is why we believe what we believe, so we can give an answer to the one asking a reason of the hope that dwells within us with meekness and fear (1 Tim. 4:13, 1 Peter 3:15). This was Solomon’s desire for his son, and I know it is God the Father’s desire for His children.
Today let’s thank the Lord for His Word. Let’s be diligent workers who rightly divide the word of truth, ask the Lord to help us not to be lax in our study of His Word, and ask the Lord to open our eyes to behold wondrous things from His law (2 Tim. 2:15, Psalm 119:18). Has He not written to us excellent things in counsel and knowledge? He certainly has! 2 Peter 1:3-4 says, "According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." Where does knowledge of Him come from? God’s Word. His Word matures us (makes perfect) and thoroughly furnishes us unto all good works through its profitability for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Am I allowing God to equip me with His knowledge by being a diligent workman in the study of His Word? Am I taking hold of those things that pertain to life and godliness? Is my life 100% yielded to the Lord, demonstrating my trust in Him? Whose words are you listening to today? Words have transforming power.