You know those Bible verses you always memorize but the verses before and after it are almost nonexistent because you never took the time to read them. Tonight I came across this one and realized that the part I always knew (verse 5-6) is not the only good part of this passage. I really love the whole thing, especially the italicized part. It reminds me that nothing compares to the blessings of God-money, material, and all of things of the world can never offer what He can.
Enjoy this as much as I have. I pray that daily our lives speak this truth.
1 My son, do not forget my teaching,but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth,with the first fruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,and your vats will brim over with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,as a father the son he delights in.
13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,the man who gains understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways,and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.