Monday, 18 April 2011

Proverbs 1

I have been through Proverbs a few times over the years and what I really love about it is that it is so practical.  Especially on advice on how to deal with people and situations.  So in going through Proverbs, one chapter at a time I want to pull out for me what I see as practical advice.  So, here goes:

Prov 1:  My brief summary
In the first part of Prov 1 Solomon tells of why he is writing this.  He says wisdom is for all.  Wisdom will make the simple, wise, and the wise (who are prepared to listen), even wiser.  He tells young people to listen to their parents and to turn away from people who want to cause harm to others for their own personal gain and who do things out of greed.  'Stay far away from their paths!' Dont even mix with them AT ALL!  Ultimately, the trap they set for others will destroy them.

The 2nd part is a personalization of wisdom, calling out to ANY who would listen.  I think this is God saying 'Here is my wisdom, its available to you' and God is stating that the consequence of not 'wanting' His wisdom or thinking we dont need it will ultimately destroy us.  Why?  Because thinking we are wise in our own eyes leads us to believe we don't need God and we all know, WE NEED GOD and His wisdom!

The verses that stand out for me
Prov 1 v 7:  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Prov 1 v 23:  Turn at my reproof; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

Prov 1 v 33:  But whoever listens to me (wisdom) will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.

What have I learnt from Prov 1?

*   These proverbs are for our instruction to make us wise
*   The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge
*   Stay away from people bent on greed, don't be enticed
*   God wants to impart His wisdom to us
*   Don't think you don't need His wisdom, you do!

What stands out for you in Prov 1?

I look forward to hearing from you.

God bless

1 comment:

  1. I will have to read it again and let you know.
    I do ponder how wise Solomon could have been taking so many wives, I suppose everyone has a blind spot or 2?



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