Proverbs

A Long Obedience In The Same Direction (Proverbs 2:1-22)

In Proverbs 2:1-22 we see that the result of finding wisdom is a righteous life of obedience before God and others. Wisdom and the right knowledge of God affect every area of our lives; from the depth of our heart and soul (v.10) to the way we walk the path of life (v.9). And as we walk the path of wisdom God, the source of wisdom, guards and protects.

He Who Has an Ear (Proverbs 1:20-33)

In Proverbs 1:20-33 Wisdom is personified as a woman who cries out to the foolish who hear the truth but neglect obedience. The cry of wisdom shows the compassion and patience of God for those who are foolish. But that patience is not limitless. This passage serves as a warning not to neglect the pursuit of wisdom. If so, the realization of God’s wisdom may not come until it is too late. 

Unintended Consequences (Proverbs 1:8-19)

After introducing and giving and overview of the book (v.1-7) Chapter 1 goes on to give a fatherly appeal to the reader to not forsake wise instruction and teaching. Verses 8-19 show us that to live wisely means we must be careful not to be enticed by those who pursue evil and are greedy for unjust gain. While such pursuits may seem like a pathway to joy, they ultimately lead to death. How does genuine community serve to guard us against the false promises of counterfeit community? 

The Beginning of Wisdom (Proverbs 1:1-7)

A proverb is a brief statement of time-tested counsel for practical living. The first seven verses in the Book of Proverbs give us an introduction and overview of the book. The purpose of these writings is that readers may gain wisdom. But what is wisdom? And where does it come from? How do we gain this wisdom? Those are the questions Proverbs 1:1-7 answer. In doing so they point us to a reverential awe of God that translates into a life lived for him.