Proverbs 9:11 (Mini Sermon)


11. Pro 9:11 - "For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased." A. "Me" in this verse is wisdom (Pro 9:1). B. Possessing and using wisdom will increase the length of one's life. C. Remembering and keeping the word of God, from which wisdom comes (Pro 2:6), brings long life (Pro 3:2; Pro 4:10). D. There two ways in which getting wisdom will lead to long life. i. Firstly, God is pleased with those who get and exercise wisdom, and He will therefore bless them with long life, since it is God who determines the length of a man's life (Job 14:5). ii. God will honor those who call upon Him with long life (Psa 91:16). iii. Secondly, getting wisdom leads to long life due to good decision making which results in good health. a. Fearing the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom (Pro 9:10; Job 28:28), and departing from evil (Pro 3:7), facilitates good health which leads to long life (Pro 3:8). (i) Examples of departing from evil due to the fear of God include ceasing to fornicate, drink excessively, overeat, associate with dangerous people, and do dangerous things. (ii) Wisdom also teaches men to have discretion and prudence when it comes to the consumption or practice of lawful, but inexpedient things such as smoking cigarettes, eating junk food, not getting enough sleep, and not getting exercise. (iii) If a man through wisdom ceases to do such foolish or unwise things, his health will be improved and his life will be lengthened. b. Whereas the fear of the LORD prolongs one's days, wickedness will shorten them (Pro 10:27). E. Getting wisdom by reading the meditating in the scriptures will invite God's blessing into our lives and will prevent the natural consequences of sin from shortening them.
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