Proverbs 30:5-6 – Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.

Observation

Verses 5-6 of Proverbs 30 provide contrast to the earlier verses where Agur states he is lacking wisdom and strength.  All of God’s word is the truth and as the apostle Paul tells us is useful for teaching.  God is our defender and will shelter us under his wing when we seek protection.  God’s word is absolute and no one is to add nor take away from the truth in the word.  Misrepresenting God’s word is lying that will lead to correction.

Application

Apart from God and his word, I must realize that I also am lacking wisdom and strength.  God’s word is the truth.  When I seek God and draw near to Him, He will be my shelter from whatever I am facing.  I must be following God and come to Him for protection and not walking on my own, opposite from God.  This certainly applies to God’s word.  I can’t add to the word of God to make it more comfortable or to justify what I am doing.  If I edit the word, it may be more palatable or enjoyed by a greater audience but then it is just the word of man with an agenda.  In plain English, it would be called a lie that God would rebuke.   Ultimately, God knows how we carry and present His word to a world that desperately needs the gospel.  This is our mission to go and make disciples, baptize and teach people to observe the commands we have been given.

Prayer

Father,

Thank you for the truth in your word.  Help me to seek you and share the unedited truth in your gospel with kindness and love.

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