We haven't spent as much time in the book of Proverbs on this tour as I'd expected-we've found ourselves talking and praying about other things that the Lord has brought to our attention. But here are at least some thoughts we've pondered.
READ PROVERBS 1.1-7 ( The Message would be a good addition to whatever other version you normally read.)
The Godly wisdom found in Proverbs is designed to help us live on earth as it is in heaven, and the word 'wisdom' in the Bible literally means 'skill' as in:
- the skill of the tabernacle craftsmen in Exodus 31.6
- the wits of seasoned sailors in Psalm 107.27
- the administrative ability talked about in 1 Kings 3.28
- the wise advice of a counsellor in 2 Samuel 20.22
Wisdom is about both moral strength and mental discernment. The wise person is not just a person with knowledge but the person who knows how to apply that knowledge in order to live their life in a more Godly way.
Here's a selection of my favorite 'wisdom' proverbs:
11.2, 19.8, 28.26 and some longer passages: 2.1-12, 4.4-11, 24.3-14.
In 4.4-11 we see that wisdom brings us three benefits: Life, Security, and Honor.
In the next blog I'll focus on Jesus and Wisdom. We may never get to what Proverbs says about Words, Work, Wealth, and Witness but I'm sure you can dig deep into the book of Proverbs and find out for yourselves!