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.

Listen

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.