Verse by Verse (#1)
I love the Proverbs and had this thought about blogging through them verse by verse. Nothing too long. It’ll be once or twice a month, just one, two, or a few verses and my heart’s response to it. This first one incorporates a few more verses because they’re hard to separate (you’ll see what I mean).
1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youngâ€”
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidanceâ€”
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
All I can say is, “I need some of that.” The word of God is rich with relational wisdom inspired by the Holy Spirit. I’ve heard that where the Psalms are mostly about the relationship between us and God, the Proverbs are by and large about our relationships with one another.
Wisdom can seem like a riddle many times. Direction can seem hard to come by. There is much fruit in the gaining.
Other times we get self-satisfied with what we know and forget the pursuit. There is always room for growth, to add to our learning.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Ah, it’s good to start at the beginning (yes, a very good place to start). We need a reverence and holy fear for the Lordâ€“otherwise words multiply without meeting their intended goalâ€“hitting us like feathers instead of wrecking balls. The deciphering code is in our hearts of worship and awe.
When we start there, there’s nowhere to go but up.
Have you seen how your worship determines your direction?