Saturday, February 14, 2015

Proverbs

Collected practical wisdom for everyday guidance


Did you know that it was Benjamin Franklin who coined the phrase, "A penny saved is a penny earned?" Like most, I've heard that said all my life. Every culture has its wisdom. The Book of Proverbs is linked with King Solomon as a composer of some sayings and a compiler of the book itself.

Proverbs is a book of practical wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to live life well and make good decisions. This is a gift from God; it is not something you can gain or own. You cannot earn wisdom in the school of hard knocks or on the streets or by education or age. Wisdom begins with knowing who God is and the responding to Him in worship and adoration (Proverbs 1:7).

Wisdom is following God's instruction and doing what is right. Foolishness is rejecting God's teaching and doing what is wrong. Rather than allowing us to decide for ourselves, God decides what is right and wrong; and out of grace, He has revealed it to His people in Scripture. Certain things are to be avoided - lazy lifestyles, violent men, seductive women, dishonest gain, alcohol abuse - because they lead to trouble. Other things are to be pursued - hard work, good friends, a strong wife, discipline, good conversation - because they lead to life.

One of the most unforgettable aspects of this book is how wisdom is personified. Lady Wisdom, as she is called, exists before creation and works alongside God as He fashions the hills and sets the limits of the sea (Proverbs 8:22-31). Lady Wisdom now stands in the streets, calling to the young and na├»ve and inviting them to take the path that leads to true life. Lady wisdom stands in contrast to the seductive woman who wants nothing less than to entice and destroy young men. We see and read about it everyday.

Pursue Wisdom - a true search for knowledge, understanding and wisdom will lead you to God, and then you'll understand the fear (reverence) of the Lord. - Pastor Chuck Smith

Wisdom is the ability to cope with the demands of life in healthy and constructive ways. The Book of Proverbs is rich in biblical wisdom to help guide us to meet these daily demands.

Set Your Heart to Wisdom. Wise women tuck Godly wisdom into the words they speak and even more into the words they chose not to speak. A heart must have godly wisdom or it will follow the pattern of foolishness. – Lysa TerKeurst

What's your favorite Proverb? Take the challenge to read a Proverb-a-Day for 31 days.

You see, the Eternal sees our ways before Him. He watches every move we make and knows where those paths lead.  - Proverbs 5:21 (The Voice Bible)

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