Prayer for the day
I will thank you, O LORD my God, with all my heart, and glorify your Name for evermore.
Scripture for the day
In his second letter to the church meeting in Corinth, Paul pours out his heart regarding the people’s willingness to put up with and accept other gospels, other accounts of Jesus, other preaching and doctrine. He laments that the people have become so tolerant that they are not wise in exercising discernment. His concern is evident in his letter.
He speaks to the people in Corinth not necessarily out of anger, but out of a mournful spirit that desires the best for a people but sees that people headed in the other direction as quickly as they can go.
Paul’s concern is that if this is allowed to continue, the gospel will be diluted, and people in Corinth (and likely other places) will be led astray, away from the truth of Jesus Christ into other beliefs. This will destroy the work of preaching that Paul has done and endanger the life of the church in Corinth. The people will fail to seek the truth, and in failing, they will believe lies.
The writers of Proverbs clearly recognize the importance of seeking truth and wisdom, and not believing the lies of those who would seek to entrap them. Agur asks that God would grant him his prayer: that falsehood and lies be far from him. Agur, and the other writers of the Proverbs, value truth, the truth of God, above all else, and seek for it with everything they have. This, they claim, is how a man or woman may become wise. They are to stick to the path of God, to the ways of God, and seek the truth of God in all things. Only then will they become the people God has designed them to be.
May we learn wisdom in the seeking of the truth, and refuse to be led astray.