The Proverbs Challenge in May. 31 days, 31 chapters. A couple basketball coaches and believers started a group discussion going through proverbs. The goal is to grow in wisdom, grow in fellowship, and become better men. It has been very encouraging to me so I thought I would share with you. Here are my thoughts from chapters 1-3.
Vs 5) It is right for us to be ever-learning and ever-seeking wise counsel. This requires humility and honesty.
Vs 7) The fear of God is the foundation upon which all wisdom, knowledge and understanding is built.
Vs 10-18) Steer clear of wicked men and make alliance with them.
Vs 19) Beware of those greedy of gain
Vs 20) Wisdom is available if men would only seek it and receive it. Fools have rejected and despised the wisdom that was exposed to them.
Vs 28) We must seek wisdom prior to needing it. When we need it may be too late to receive it.
Vs 32) Wisdom will keep us quiet and free from the fear of evil.
Here are my thoughts on Chapter two and three. I have been blessed by this already. I also second the sentiments concerning the Proverbs being instruction from a father to his son. That is sobering for me and I must confess that I need improvement in this area, particularly with my younger sons (I have 3 sons and another due in August). My first son is pretty well versed in the scripture but I haven’t put in the same devoted time with the others. I would appreciate prayers for me in this area (maybe for all of us). Anyway, chapter two…
vs 1-6 The knowledge of God and understanding God is in the grasp of men…though only by God revealing them or giving them. In fact, Jesus identified the knowledge of God as the definition of “eternal life” (Jn 17:3). And John declared “we know that the Son of God is come and has given us an understanding that we may know Him who is true” (1 Jn 5:20). The Lord gives wisdom and understanding! Particular to our day, He gives these things IN Jesus Christ. They are inaccessible apart from Christ. Jesus has become to wisdom (1 Cor 1:30) and in Him are his all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col 2:3)
vs 7-22 Wisdom has great utility. It will preserve, keep and protect us. There is a “fleshly wisdom” or wisdom of the world which really amounts to foolishness, but that wisdom which is from above is desirable and to be sought after. May God give us a holy vigor to go after that wisdom.
vs 1 We must still contend with the fleshly inclination to “forget” the law of God. This exhortation to remember and keep is always timely.
vs 3 “Write them upon the table of thy heart” – In order to avoid becoming a Pharisee of sorts, the word of God must get from our head to our hearts. That, of course, is the objective and work of the New Covenant (Jer 31:31-34).
vs 5-6 I find great peace in this promise. Trust God and lean not on your own understanding! I can live by that…just like Mom-mom Starkey!
vs 11-12 Whining and complaining are always out of order. When we face hardship we can trust that it is the Lord’s doing and that it’s work is good for us. “Endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Let tribulation have its perfect work. Gold is only refined in fire. Don’t despise it. Trust the Lord, rejoice and await the glory that is at the end of the road of suffering.
vs 26 The Lord Himself is our confidence. This is not “self-confidence” but full persuasion of God’s ability to work all things together for the good of those who love Him. That kind of confidence will keep us anchored and free from fear. The Lord shall keep our feet from evil.
vs 27 It is good for us to take action and do good when it is necessary. Don’t wait for someone else to do it. Look for opportunities to do good, to give, to minister and serve and when the opportunity arises – take it!
vs 33-35 Wow! While our ultimate reward may not be in the earth, it is true and precious nonetheless. “The wise shall inherit glory” – that is provoking to say the least.
In all your getting, get wisdom brethren!