I started simple and chose Proverbs 3:5-6, since the main theme of Proverbs is wisdom and I need all that I can get. I also love that the first word in this verse is trust, as that is something I have to work on to conquer my fear and Walk in Faith.
I used the parallel Bible feature within Bible Gateway to compare translations on just 2 lines within these verses:
Lean not (NIV) /
do not depend on your own understanding (NLT) /
don’t try to figure out everything on your own (MSG) – so guilty of that one
Submit to him (NIV) /
seek his will (NLT) /
listen for God’s voice (MSG) – gotta learn to slow down so I can hear Him
Stop trying to figure out everything on my own (ie. stop hiding). Listen for God’s voice (ie. start seeking). Change my heart, God, I pray.
In Proverbs, Solomon gives us practical ways to live out what we have learned. Oh, God has been speaking to my heart on this very subject for quite a while now. I’m an avid reader, love to learn, but actually living God’s Word is something I need to work on. Change my heart, God, I pray.
My NIV Life Application Study Bible gives us the “formula” for effective living. I matched that up to Proverbs 3:5-6.
- begins with God’s Wisdom – respect and appreciate who God is
- requires moral application – Trust in the Lord with all your heart
- requires practical application – Seek His will in all you do
- results in effective living – and He will show you which path to take
I was surprised how much more there was to learn from this verse I’ve heard time and time again. Thanks OBS Sisters for inspiring me to dig deeper into God’s Word!
If you want to learn more about verse mapping, check out Sarah’s post on the OBS blog.
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