These proverbs come in paragraphs, not in single verses. Verses 7-9 are often quoted. They give a realistic if pessimistic view of human nature, of the limits of a Christian’s morality or actual spirituality.
Here we read proverbs from another human author, Agur, but with the same divine Holy Spirit giving them.
“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” v5
What is wonderful about this is that Agar is telling us, the Holy Spirit is telling us, that every word of God PROVES true.
Not just is true (although it absolutely is true), but that it PROVES true.
God’s Word is rock solid. We don’t need to worry that it is frail, or some of its foundations are wobbly. We don’t need to fret about defending any perceived weakness or foibles.
Because God’s word PROVES itself true, as the truth.
This is a wonderful hope to rest on, and too, to wrestle with.
God’s word is available for the world to read and argue with. It is easily obtainable and consumed and very public. God’s people are not a cult, secretive and obscure. We follow a God who has given us His word, that has been at the forefront of history throughout the generations, pushing technology, promoting social justice, building and strengthening the fabric of societies throughout the ages.
And for us, His people, His word proves true!
How wonderful this is! His promises to us prove themselves true as He fulfils and keeps them.
And in that most excellent and unfathomable way, from 2 Corinthians 1, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him [Jesus].”
As God’s word become flesh, all God’s promises find their agreement, their acceptance, their YES in Him! And He is God’s word, which proves itself true! Jesus proved Himself true in His life here, and on the cross, and continues to as He intercedes for us at the Father’s side.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* Father God, thank You for Jesus, that in Him we see the depth of Your word proving itself true. Thank You that You continue to keep Your promises to us. Thank You for Your Spirit that works within us now, refining us.