I am reading Proverbs chapter 3 this morning. It is so rich in wisdom.
Here are just a few consecutive thoughts...
"Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man." - Proverbs 3:3-4 ESV
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
"Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones." - Proverbs 3:7-8 ESV
Love, trust and wisdom all are found in God. We derive and mingle these fine attributes with God regularly and there are specify benefits involved in these exchanges.
God is gracious so don't 'Let love forsake you.' In other words don't get left behind by a quality that would never willingly leave you behind. Don't believe a lie about love. If we let God love us we will have a favor that rests on our life that other people will see and want around. Joseph would not let love forsake him and though he faced prisons he also was favored by the Pharaoh who recognized the greatness he was connected to.
Trust in God that leans consistently on God produces a straightness in our direction, a single-mindedness, that becomes evident.
There is something refreshing about saying no to things... not because you have carefully mulled them over but just because that run contrary to what you know to be true. Awe of God and wisdom from His mind simplify what could easily be a very complicated life.
Favor, refreshment and a clear road ahead. Nice. God's grace simplifies a complex world.