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.
“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”
Here we are confronted with the hard and deep truth that every word of God PROVES true.
Not just is true (which is absolutely the case), but that it PROVES true.
God’s word is rock solid. We don’t need to worry that it is frail or that some of its foundations are wobbly.
We don’t need to fret about defending any perceptions of weakness or foibles.
Because God’s word _proves_ itself true, as the truth.
This is a strong and wonderful hope to rest in, and to wrestle with.
God’s word is available for those around us to read and argue with. It is easily (at least in some countries) obtainable and consumable and very public.
God’s people are not a cult, secretive and obscure.
We follow a God who has given us His word – A Word which has been at the forefront of history throughout all generations, pushing technology, promoting social justice, building and strengthening the fabric of societies through time.
And for us, His people, God’s word proves true!
We read in 2 Corinthians chapter 1,
“For all the promises of God find their Yes in him.” [Jesus]
As God’s word become flesh, Jesus is where all God’s promises find their agreement, their acceptance, their YES!
Jesus proved Himself true in His life here, His death on the cross, His resurrection on the third day, His ascension into heaven, and He continues to prove Himself true as He intercedes for us at the Father’s side.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* Father God,
Thank You for Jesus, You the son, who shows us the depth of Your word proving itself true.
Thank You for continuing to keep Your promises to us.
Thank You for Your Spirit who works within us now, refining us.