~ Nancy Goring
In Pproverbs 2 verses 1-9 the writer gives us a discourse on the way that
our God has given us words and commandments, that we might have
knowledge and understanding. We are encouraged to cry for wisdom and
lift up our voices for understanding of His ways for us. Verses 7 and 8
are particularly comforting to me. "He layeth up sound wisdom for the
righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk up rightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints."
God has provided this wisdom for those who would follow after His will.
What a blessing we have in His holy Word! The word "buckler," is
interesting. It portrays our heavenly Father as a Shield, a Protecter.
That same Hebrew word is used to describe the hard scales that we find
upon a crocodile. Those scales are very hard to penetrate. I am so
thankful that our Creator watches over His children with such tender
love and care.
In verse 8 we are told that He will keep His
paths of judgment. Our God is constant! He has spoken and it stands,
nothing can take down what He has established by the words of His mouth.
When we are told that He preserves the way of His saints, we should be
filled with peace, joy and gratitude. No matter what happens to us in
this life, our God is in control. He will never leave or forsake His
faithful ones. Some may leave Him. In John 6:66-68 we see where many
disciples left our Lord Jesus. Jesus asks the twelve if they, too, will
walk away. Peter replied appropriately "To whom shall we go?" That is a
very important question that each of us must ask ourself. To whom will
we go? Will we go to the Father where all blessings are found, or the
world, where only heartache and spiritual death resides?
Nancy is the wife of Bill Goring, who serves as a gospel
preacher and elder for the Chipman Road church of Christ in Lee’s Summit,
Missouri. She has 4 children, 11 grandchildren and has taught Bible class for
over 40 years, speaks at Ladies Day gatherings and has published several books
Becoming Holiness: Studies in Titus Chapter 2 and Overcoming our Self-Imposed Prisons.