Proverbs – God’s practical guide to a joyful life
Good day friends! I pray your August has gone well, and that your summer has been relaxing and refreshing! I have thought of you often, and I am excited to begin our weekly devotions with you and the wise words of Solomon.
Like any wizened person, it is in our best interest to sit and listen to what they have to say and to heed their instruction. We’d be fools not to! So it is with great joy and excitement that Solomon will be joining our weekly morning coffee time, as we work through the Book of Proverbs. Let’s top up our coffee’s and get started…
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Just think… Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived. God blessed him with such great wisdom and discretion. Royalty came from all over the continent to experience for themselves the wisdom of Solomon… and they were never disappointed. In fact Queen of Sheba said it like this in 1 Kings 10:6..7: “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true…Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard.”
Now in the book of Proverbs, Solomon imparts his wisdom to us. In the introductory passage above we are informed of the purpose of the writing of this book of the Bible; to learn what is right and just and fair, and to learn what it means to display prudent behaviour. He desires to teach the young in order to be knowledgeable and discrete, and for the wise to add to their wisdom and to give guidance to those willing to be discerning. But first and foremost, and above all, is the understanding that true wisdom and knowledge comes from the fear, knowledge and respect of the Lord, and living according to his instructions. To deny, ignore, or despise such wisdom would only be foolish and self-detrimental.
Life is not easy; it’s filled with difficult decisions and consequences to each action or behaviour. So if we have been blessed with the knowledge of God’s grace in Christ for our eternal good, and also God’s instruction for our earthly wellbeing, why would we human beings- choose to deny or despise such assistance? This is the plague of the human heart as it is drenched and dripping in sin and in opposition with God. May our constant prayer through these devotions with Solomon and his proverbs be one of cleansing of our hearts. May we be open and hungering for God’s wisdom to be poured out in our lives, and our hearts and minds awakened to his practical guidance in our earthly walk.
Prayer: Dear Lord, As I dig into your wisdom through the words of Solomon in his proverbs, please open my heart and mind to hear and understand what you are saying for my life, as well as, all people – young and old alike. Give me clarity of mind and courage to heed and follow your instruction for my good. In Jesus name, I pray. AMEN!