I have been reading a Proverb a day this month. I LOVE it! Here are some things I’ve learned and noticed while reading . . .
Author’s Purpose: A little book full of wisdom and general truths on how to live life. *These are NOT promises, these are general truthsto the way life works. Not for us to “claim” but for us to “apply”.
Audience: Adolescent Jewish boys
Characters: The Fool, The Wise, The Simple
Problem: Folly vs. Wisdom
Solution: Fear the LORD . . . be not wise in your own eyes . . . trust in Him.
Some of my favorites:
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Prov 1:7)
Start with reverence and awe of the LORD to gain wisdom.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.” (Prov 3:4-7)
Live according to God’s wisdom rather than my own.
“Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.” (Prov 9:8)
Some people just don’t want to hear it. To some speaking truth is refreshing, to others frustrating.
"Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses." (Prov 10:12)
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Prov 15:1)
Say it nicely.
"The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." (Prov 16:9)
Planning my life is good, but trusting His path for me is better.
"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand." (Prov 19:21)
Seeking His purpose . . .
"The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD." (Prov 21:31)
Work as hard as you can, then trust God for the outcome.
“Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.” (Prov 26:11)
Why do I keep going back to the old way of doing things when I know it brings me harm, it’s disgusting, and stinks!
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Prov 27:17)
You need people in your life that can sharpen you and you need to sharpen others. Speak truth and be encouraging!
What’s one of your favorite Proverbs?