Read 136.) Proverbs chapters 1 thru 3. Let’s read them thru a few chapters at a time, and make special mention of those having particular personal meaning. As you read thru, you will likely find those that will have more meaning to you. There are some 10 days of reading to get thru this book, before we will be coming back to the historical narrative, and what became of King Solomon in the latter part of his reign, from about 950 to 930 BC. When we do, it will be necessary to link what we will be reading then, with what we just read last, as the importance of it all must not be ignored or understated, as I will explain then.
Proverbs is a portion of the wisdom literature. They deal primarily with what has been referred to as, “The art of living.” There is always a certain stress or contention between that which we think, and that which we feel. This can be a real struggle. But, there is a third matter, as well; and, that would be, what is the will of the Lord? Or, what would God have me to think, say and do? This third element takes into account both one’s thought processes and feelings, but resorts to this thing called wisdom. Wisdom would be the taking of all relative matters into account, and seeking to make the best decision as that which is in keeping with all that is known and understood as to be in keeping with the will and purposes of God. It may not necessarily be any easier, but being in a relationship with God, and having a promise from God, we are told that we may ask His aid in such decisions, and that He is willing to render it. For our purposes, we would say that, “Wisdom is seeing the issues of life from God’s perspective; and then praying, thinking, speaking and acting towards that end.” With that concept in view, let’s look for guidance from God, by Solomon.
Proverbs 1:1 thru 7 constitute an introduction and purpose passage. Note the key purpose words; wisdom, discipline, understanding, insight, prudence, right, just, fair, discretion and discernment. Consider the inestimable value of these, and then note that these do not begin to be ours until, as verse 7 explicitly states, you fear the Lord! This is a real fear, as He can do you real harm. Besides a love of God, we ought to fear Him as well; and let that be a motivation to acquire wisdom. To be and do otherwise is to be a fool!
From chapter 1, if anything, wisdom is ready and waiting, for those who desire it. And, as verse 29 restates, it comes to those who choose to fear the Lord. Chapter 2, verses 1 thru 6, further admonishes us to seek after wisdom, so as to make good and right choices. With chapter 3, we add love and faithfulness to wisdom. Personal favorites are 3:5+6, and 3:9+10. Did you find, and mark, any favorites? It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell