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WHAT YOU

GET IS NOT
WHAT YOU
SEE

Lesson 6 for February 7, 2015

WHAT YOU
GET IS NOT
WHAT YOU
SEE

Lesson 6 for February 7, 2015

Why what you see is NOT what
you get

Most modern text editors use a
system called WYSIWYG (What
You See Is What You Get)
That is, the printed document
will look just like it is displayed
on your screen.
Unfortunately, things are not
usually that way in our lives: you
DON’T get what you see.
Our dreams, thoughts and
opinions may create a distorted
view of reality, the people
around us and even ourselves.
“There is a way that seems right
to a man, but its end is the way
of death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
We find a basic piece of advice in
Proverbs: we cannot trust

THE DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN THE WISE
According to Proverbs 14, what does the wise
AND
andTHE
the foolFOOL
do?
THE WISE
He SPEAKS HUMBLY (v.3)
He VALUES LEARNING & KNOWLEDGE (v.
6,18)
He is CAUTIOUS (v. 15)
He is GENTLE and PATIENT (v. 29,33)
He is COMPASSIONATE & SENSITIVE (v.
21,31)

He
He
He
He
He

THE FOOL
SPEAKS PROUDLY (v. 3)
MOCKS at the TRUTH (v. 6-9)
is CREDOLOUS (v. 15)
is IMPULSIVE (v. 16,29)
is an OPPRESSOR (v. 21,31)

“Those who would have that wisdom
which is from God must become
fools in the sinful knowledge of this
age, in order to be wise. They should
shut their eyes, that they may see
and learn no evil. They should close
their ears, lest they hear that which
is evil and obtain that knowledge
which would stain their purity of
thoughts and acts. And they should
guard their tongues, lest they utter
corrupt communications and guile be
found in their mouths.”
E.G.W. (The Adventist Home, section 14, cp. 66, pg. 404)

“The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
keeping watch on the evil and the good.”
(Proverbs 15:3)

How may our actions and
our thoughts change
when we are aware that
God knows everything
we do, say or think?

Fearing the Lord—the beginning
of wisdom—is to be conscious of
His presence at all times and
everywhere.
God is the only one who can
perfectly distinguish between
good and evil.
He wants to share His wisdom
with us. He wants us to learn how
to distinguish between good and
evil, so we choose well.
In the next verses, Solomon

“All the days of the afflicted are evil, but he who is of a merry heart
has a continual feast.” (Proverbs 15:15)
According to Proverbs 15, what is the joy of the believer?
 He has a merry heart (v. 13)
 He enjoys a continual spiritual feast (v.
15)
 He doesn’t feel disturbed (v. 16)
 He has love (v. 17)
 His words bring happiness (v. 23)
 He knows God hears his prayers (v. 29)
 His joy
brings
health
Fearing
God
and physical
accepting
His (v. 30)
salvation brings joy. Nothing
will take that joy from us
(Romans
What8:38-39).
is God’s joy?
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an
abomination to the Lord, but the
prayer of the upright is His delight.”

(Proverbs 15:8)

God enjoys His
communion with His

“The preparations of the heart belong to man, but
the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:1)
“Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the
last word.” (Proverbs 16:1 MSG)

The story of Balaam is a good
example of this proverb
(Numbers 22-24).
He planned to curse the people of
Israel, but God put blessings in
his mouth.
We may make our plans, but God
will decide either to let us carry
Which
characteristic
do we
them
out or
to stop us. He’s
still
indevelop
control.when we accept God as
sovereign in our lives?
Proverbs
16: 18-19;
4:15
The
proud make
their James
own plans
and trust their own strength. The
humble put their plans in God’s
hands and accept His will.

E.G.W. (Selected Messages, book 1, section 2, cp. 13, pg.
129)

“When you give up your own will, your own
wisdom, and learn of Christ, you will find
admittance into the kingdom of God. He
requires entire, unreserved surrender. Give
up your life for Him to order, mold, and
fashion. Take upon your neck His yoke.
Submit to be led and taught by Him. Learn
that unless you become as a little child, you
can never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Abiding in Christ is choosing only the
disposition of Christ, so that His interests are
identified with yours. Abide in Him, to be and
to do only what He wills.”