Sunday, May 7, 2017

Proverbs for Living - 1

Proverbs 1:1-6 (CSV) - "The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: For learning wisdom and discipline; for understanding insightful sayings; for receiving prudent instruction in righteousness, justice, and integrity; for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced, knowledge and discretion to a young man— let a wise person listen and increase learning, and let a discerning person obtain guidance— for understanding a proverb or a parable, the words of the wise, and their riddles."

A long time ago, I spent a month in the book of Proverbs, and then I did it again the next month. From this, I prepared a series of sermons to teach the value of what God teaches in this Book. I want to summarize some of what I learned and pray it speaks to you also. There is so much more than what I will share in these short devotions than you can glean. I can guarantee you - that if you spend time each day for a month with this book it will speak to your heart on how to live.

The Book is written primarily by Solomon, David's son. Wisdom is the keyword and can mean "skill in living." Instruction and understanding are also used frequently. The first deals with the moral and spiritual disciplines in our lives, and the second deals with understanding the difference between right and wrong, good and bad, and what matters and what doesn't matter.

The purpose is to teach us how to live successfully according to God. It has the potential to strengthen and stretch even the wisest and strongest of believers. God offers His wisdom to everyone - the simple, the mockers, and even fools (vs. 22 - "How long, inexperienced ones, will you love ignorance? How long will you mockers enjoy mocking and you fools hate knowledge?")

As we leave this study today, consider verse 7 as a prime point to ponder - "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline."

Prayer: Father, as You promise in Your Word over and over, You are willing to give anyone wisdom on how to live life successfully. May I take this time to learn from You, and not only read this book, but to apply it each day. Amen.

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