August 20: 7 Days of SOAP and Prayer – Proverbs 2:8

August 20-26, our Discover One Thing Online Study is committing to 7 Days of SOAP and prayer using the verse of the day from http://www.Bible.com. We will post each day’s verse within the context of its chapter each morning. Then, if you have committed to the 7 days, share when you’ve completed your SOAP either by typing “Done” in the comment area of our website or by sharing some of your SOAP journal with us.  Below is an overview of the SOAP method of Bible study. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Verse of the Day – Proverbs 2:8

Moral Benefits of Wisdom

My son, if you accept my words
    and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
    and applying your heart to understanding—
indeed, if you call out for insight
    and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,
    he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,

for he guards the course of the just
    and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Then you will understand what is right and just
    and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
    and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
    and understanding will guard you.
12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
    from men whose words are perverse,
13 who have left the straight paths
    to walk in dark ways,
14 who delight in doing wrong
    and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15 whose paths are crooked
    and who are devious in their ways.

16 Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,
    from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
17 who has left the partner of her youth
    and ignored the covenant she made before God.
18 Surely her house leads down to death
    and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
19 None who go to her return
    or attain the paths of life.

20 Thus you will walk in the ways of the good
    and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will live in the land,
    and the blameless will remain in it;
22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
    and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

SOAP Method of Bible Study

S for Scripture

Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of your Bible bookmark. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you, don’t rush. When you are done, look for ONE verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal. Why is this important? Writing the Scripture passage helps us to remember where key verses came from so we can look back in our journal or memorize them and pull them up from our memory when we need them.

O for Observation

What do you think God is saying to you in this Scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal. Record the context of the verse. Why is this important? Knowing this information helps us to know the context of the passage. When we know what’s going on, we can feel confident that we understand the Bible accurately and aren’t drawing inaccurate or even false conclusions. Another approach is to pull the scripture apart phrase by phrase and examine each part.

A for Application

Personalize what you have read, by asking God to reveal how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this Scripture can apply to you today. Why is this important? Knowing information about the Bible is important, but the real power of doing daily devotions is when the truth of Scripture changes our lives. Taking what we’ve read and applying it in our lives in practical ways helps us to grow in our Christian maturity and deepens our faith.

P for Prayer

This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out. Why is this important? Asking God for support, wisdom, guidance, or strength helps us to rely on His power, not our power, to change. Praying is a great way to lean on God throughout the day and it can show us how faithful God is all the time.

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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  1. S: Proverbs 2:8
    O: God yearns for us to be wise and have good counsel, but free will and human desire often prevents us from getting there. If we stay close to His Word and His promises, He will make sure we are taken care of.
    A:it’s so easy to try and get ahead of God and make my own path, but then when I fail I want to blame it on God. This verse reminds me that following Him (and only Him) will provide me with eternal protection.
    P: God, I don’t want to go ahead of you and leave Your protection. Help me to be patient in my thoughts and actions, that I might be in tune to Your ways and plan.

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  2. Done!! God is encouraging me to be faithful in the waiting – through what He was teaching me yesterday and then following up with this verse today. I can trust His peak perspective over my dirt perspective and in the meantime need to be faithful, faithful, faithful so then I can be fruitful.

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  3. S: Proverbs 2: 7-8 (I cheated a little 🙂

    O: My Bible notes that an ‘intuitive understanding’ is built through listening to God’s words and observing his world. So basically, the closer we are to God the better attention we pay to Him. And the better we pay attention, the more understanding we’ll have (just like my verse Mark 4:24 says!). But it’s not just any kind of understanding, it’s an intuitive understanding. An understanding that only comes from an intimate relationship. My Bible goes on to explain that God is a shield who guards and protects those who live in a relationship with Him. That intimate kind of relationship that has an intuitive understanding. Of course, God can and does keep us safe from the evil one. Our relationship with Him helps us, HE helps us, discern right from wrong, good from bad, genuine from false. But what we choose to do with that discernment can be a testament to our relationship with Him.

    A: I do find that as I’m working on my listening skills this year that I’m more in-tune to my behavior patterns. Through my intimate understanding, God is shielding me from what’s wrong and protecting me as I walk on the right path. Unfortunately, being more aware and being shielded doesn’t automatically mean immune. Just because I have a better understanding of the information before me, doesn’t guarantee I’ll make the right choice. I’m more likely to, but not guaranteed. And when I claim this intimate relationship and then go and make poor choices, that’s going to reflect on me to the people of this world and will be a testament to my relationship (in a bad way). Fortunately, making the right choice does the same but in a good way!

    P: Father, it seems that despite my better understanding, I still have a penchant for making the wrong choices. I know You’re already working double-time as my shield, but I pray for constant vigilance! Continue Your work on my heart and help me to want – to desire – to do what’s right. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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  4. Thank you all for sharing today!!!

    S: Proverbs 2:8

    O: In the beginning of Proverbs, King Solomon addresses these words to his son, to pass on the wisdom and knowledge he has received from a strong relationship with God. Chapter 2 is about acknowledging God as the source of wisdom and knowledge and creator of everything. To receive wisdom and knowledge, we first must find our just and right place under God then ask and seek in relationship with God. Verse 8 says that when we’re faithful in this pursuit, God will guard and protect us.

    A: You are giving me words of comfort and hope today after dropping off my husband this morning for an Army trip across the ocean. I’ve been praying for protection for him, and You are promising here that You will guard and protect him while he’s away from home.

    P: Thank You for this promise today! Keep us faithful to You, always in right position, humbled under You. Lord, continue to protect and guard my husband on this trip, in the Name of Jesus I pray.

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