Saturday, July 1, 2017

Proverbs Day 1

I need more wisdom. Don't you? Surely, God's Word can help. Don't you think? Yes! There is a special book in the Bible specifically designed to teach wisdom!  Proverbs. And since I think we all need more wisdom, I've decided spend the whole month of July studying Proverbs. Won't you join me?

The Plan:
There are 31 days in July and 31 chapters in Proverbs. Ok. Great! So let's read one chapter each day. I will also post something on my blog each day about the chapter for the day. So, let's get started!

Read Proverbs 1
What is wisdom? It's more than being smart. Wisdom is doing the right thing in the right way at the right time. It transcends intelligence and education. Wisdom starts with the Lord and is deeply spiritual, but it is far from naive.  Listen to my paraphrase of Proverbs 1:1-6.

These are the wise sayings of Solomon, the king of Israel, the son of David.  Their purpose is to teach wisdom and self-discipline, and offer understanding and insight so people can learn the disciplines of wisdom, right living, good judgment, and fairness.  These sayings also serve to teach the naive street-smarts and give young people the knowledge to succeed.   Even those already wise can learn a lot.  Listen and get even more wisdom--the more the better; it helps you understand people’s strange ways.

And this from verse 7:

Knowing the way things really are starts with deep awe for the Lord; but fools turn their backs on wisdom and refuse to learn.

It all begins with a deep awe for God and the deeper your relationship with Him, the more wisdom available to you. For the next month, focus on your relationship with God as you read through Proverbs on chapter per day. You will build more wisdom.

Prayer
"Father, help me to gain more wisdom that I may always do the right thing at the right time in the right way that I may serve You well and bring You glory. Amen."