Proverbs 22 … Consider Him Who Preserves Knowledge

The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge,
But He overthrows the words of the treacherous man,

Many reject the Bible; many have decided we can’t really know God. Many a government and regime have attempted to destroy Christianity, but to no avail; and in the end have come and gone. And many have set their minds to overthrow the Truth of God and disprove the Holy Scriptures.

Josh McDowell, once an agnostic law student, and Lee Strobel, once an atheist journalist, were two who took on this challenge.

McDowell approached his argument as though preparing a court case, while Strobel used his journalism skills on his quest to uncover what he was convinced was the real truth. Both relied on evidence to come to their conclusion; but the evidence they unearthed, led them to a very different verdict than they had anticipated. In their certainty that the Scriptures were not true and in their diligent pursuit to prove this to be the case, both met Jesus Christ along the way; and both have gone on to become leading authors, evangelists and apologists, defending and proclaiming God’s Truth.

(Both have written several books. If you’re interested in reading a couple, check out:
More Than a Carpenter and Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell;
The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel)

God’s Truth will always overthrow man’s foolish and treacherous attempts to negate His Truth. And while we are called to faith, it is certainly not a blind faith; there is much evidence regarding the Scriptures and the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And if one truly sets about to uncover the facts and consider all the evidence, the Truth will be revealed.

God has chosen to reveal Himself through His Word, and His Word has never failed.

Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass, (Joshua 21:45).

And God wants us to know Him and His promises; and because He is faithful and He is eternal, He Preserves Knowledge for all of eternity.

“Knowledge: 1847. דַּעַת daʿaṯ: A feminine noun meaning knowledge, knowing, learning, discernment, insight…” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

The whole of Scripture is God’s progressive revelation of His plan to save a lost and dying world; and He wants us to know Him, learn His Way of salvation and discern His Will for our lives through the insight of His Truth.

And God watches over and guards His Way and His Will as He Preserves Knowledge in the Truth of His Scriptures; the Truth of Who He is, of how we can be saved, and of how we can live in fellowship with Him. And the truth is, without Knowledge, we are destroyed.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge,” (Hosea 4:6).

Consider Him Who Preserves Knowledge

  • He Preserves Knowledge that we may know and exalt Him.
    • “Cease striving and know that I am God;
      I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth,”
      (Psalm 46:10).
  • He Preserves Knowledge that we may know His lovingkindness, justice and righteousness.
    • Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord, (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
  • He Preserves Knowledge that we be made free.
    •  “and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free,” (John 8:32).
  • He Preserves Knowledge that we may know His eternal life in Christ.
    • This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent, (John 17:3).
  • He Preserves Knowledge that we may be set apart and sanctified in His Truth.
    • Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth, (John 17:17).

How do we respond to Him Who Preserves Knowledge?

Let’s let this sink in. He Preserves Knowledge in His Holy Scriptures. Oh, the privilege we have to hold a Bible in our hands, that we might know Him and His truth! And oh, that we would have the heart of David, the man after God’s own heart, who loved God’s Word with all his heart; that we too would desire to think on His Word continuously that we might walk in obedience.

O how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day…
167 My soul keeps Your testimonies,
And I love them exceedingly
, (Psalm 119:97, 167).

Let us press on to know Him, assured in His Truth and convinced nothing on earth can ever compare with knowing all we can possibly know of Him Who Preserves Knowledge.

So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord.
His going forth is as certain as the dawn;
And He will come to us like the rain,
Like the spring rain watering the earth,
(Hosea 6:3).

More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead, (Philippians 3:8-11).

Let us learn from the advice of Solomon: let us lean in to hear, that we would apply our minds to know Him Who Preserves Knowledge, so that His Word will always be ready on the tips of our tongue, and that we would become utterly convinced of His Truth and thus prepared and ready to share His truth with others.

Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
That they may be ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord,
I have taught you today, even you.
20 Have I not written to you excellent things
Of counsels and knowledge,
21 To make you know the certainty of the words of truth
That you may correctly answer him who sent you?

Oh, may the Lord grant us such a desire to grow in His grace, that we would daily set our hearts on growing in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and in so doing, may our lives bring glory to Him Who Preserves Knowledge.

grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen, (2 Peter 3:18).

Let’s Grow Together!

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