Qualities That Define You

In Your Bible: Proverbs 3:1-12

Interestingly, the Jewish people view the writings of Solomon in this manner: Proverbs as the outer court of the temple, Ecclesiastes as the holy place, and Song of Solomon as the holy of holies. *

Several scholars consider Proverbs Chapter Three to be one of the “most excellent” of the Proverbs. While addressing key issues of the heart, Solomon stresses that we need to know God’s heart to act properly in this world—It’s all God’s world.

Qualities That Define You

Gently Solomon says, keep my commandments in your heart, not merely in your mind. A soft heart for God is the best way to live.

Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you
[instead let these qualities define you];
 Bind them [securely] around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart. So find favor and high esteem (Prov 3:3,4 AMP).

Mercy, kindness, and truth often represent the character of God. As you cultivate these carefully, others will see why you do things differently.

An Issue of the Heart

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart. 
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, 
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way] (Proverbs 3: 5,6 AMP).

The Amplified Translation helps us grasp what Solomon is teaching—how we need to live. This strong reminder to trust him will guide us in the way he plans. We need to know God’s heart to act properly this world—It’s all God’s world.

Prayer: Father, help me cling to your pearls of wisdom. I need you to calm my storms, clear my brain, and touch my heart.

*What The Bible is all About, Bible Handbook, Henrietta C. Mears, Tyndale House Publishing Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois, 2015, p.229.

The Benefits of Wisdom – Proverbs

In Your Bible: Proverbs 2:1-20

Solomon addresses those willing to be taught. He vividly implores them to ask, to seek, and to hold onto the message he brings from God. He pours out words of life to guide, protect and save those who seek wisdom.

Commands from Solomon

Solomon begins lovingly. . . My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands (Proverbs 2:1 NLT). He’s a stern teacher, who knows those who understand will be rewarded when they receive wisdom. Note: for clarity, what he says must be bathed in PRAYER.

  • Cry out for insight and knowledge
  • Ask (fervently) for understanding
  • Search for them as if they were hidden treasure (valuable)
  • Work hard as if mining gold, silver, or jewels (again value to be gained)

What God Grants

Solomon asserts that the challenging task of prayerfully searching for wisdom will be rewarded. Believers will also be close to the heart of God and will then know what it is to fear the Lord—reverence, awe, and respect.
In addition, more benefits of wisdom will be granted:

  • Common sense to the honest
  • A shield to those who walk with integrity
  • A guard to the path of the just in the Lord
  • Protection for those faithful to the Lord

One bountiful benefit of God’s wisdom is that God will fill your heart with JOY as you come to know him. He pours out words of life to guide, protect and save those who seek wisdom.

Prayer: Father, teach me as I search for wisdom, understanding, and knowledge in my walk with you. I ask this fervently.


God’s Word Guides – Proverbs

In Your Bible: Proverbs 1: 23; 1:33;
13:14; and Hebrews 4:12.

My plan is to select edifying verses in Proverbs to ponder and study. With the understanding that . . .the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires(Hebrews 4:12 NLT).

Many proverbs are difficult to read, even understand, and some may not seem applicable today. But they are. Bear with me as I guide you through this minefield of wisdom and rebuke. It’ll be worth the effort because Solomon wrote it for all, for all times. Remember our focus is to attain wisdom by delving into Scripture.


Solomon pleads with his people to not listen to the noise of sinful people around them. He reminds them of (probably helpful) instruction given by their father or mother to stay on the good path of life. Then he says plainly, “Listen to me as I (God through Solomon) share my heart with you.” Today too, we need wisdom.

Come and listen to my counsel. 
I’ll share my heart with you
and make you wise (Proverbs 1:23 NLT).

Solomon has many words of warning. However, keep in mind his earnest plea is for us to come and listen. We must listen to his soft appeal. We know many things that tug at our mind and heart are not edifying to say the least. God wants us to listen to him. Do we listen enough? Lean into God to hear him.

Receive Good Advice

But all who listen to me will live in peace,

untroubled by fear of harm (Proverbs 1:33 NLT)

We read in the Bible that God’s people didn’t listen or obey as often as they should have – to put it mildly. Even today, few do as much as God expects. The benefit of listening and obeying is God’s promise to live in peace. This is something to ponder. Selah.

Again, Solomon puts it plainly: The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death (Prov 13:14 NLT). We must remember our focus is to attain wisdom by delving into Scripture.

Prayer: Father, your Word is powerful. You gave Solomon these words knowing they would help us today. Help me not only understand but learn how to apply your instruction to my life.

A New Series: Proverbs – A Manual On How To Live

Do you remember this? God asked Solomon, “What do you want me to give you?” (see 2 Chronicles 1:1-12). Solomon wanted wisdom and knowledge in order to lead the people of Israel. Because Solomon asked for the right reason, God granted his request. Solomon wrote Proverbs as sage advice for the people.

A proverb, a truth condensed into a few words in a memorable fashion can be applied to a variety of life situations. Proverbs is to be taken in small doses. In my opinion, each should be smothered in prayer to discern its specific usefulness. Proverbs—a manual on how to live.

The Purpose

Solomon explains these words for righteous living are for all people young and old, immature and mature. In the first seven verses of Proverbs 1, Solomon spurts a staccato of useful and prudent information. Read each proverb carefully and thoughtfully.

1These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.
2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,
    to help them understand the insights of the wise.
3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,
    to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
4 These proverbs will give insight to the simple,
    knowledge and discernment to the young.
5 Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.
    Let those with understanding receive guidance
6 by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables,
    the words of the wise and their riddles.(Proverbs 1:1-6 NLT.

The Foundation

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1:7 NLT).

First things first. Revere God. Awe, as in reverence or fear of the Lord, is certainly not fright. Acknowledge God is sovereign and head over all things. Then comes knowledge, discipline, and wisdom from God. Solomon wants believers to put things in God’s perspective. Proverbs —a manual on how to live.

Prayer: Father, thank you for this book of direct guidance on how to live. Help me comprehend these pearls of wisdom to help me live a righteous life – close to you.