Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Today’s Topic: Proverbs Challenge
Today’s Text: Proverbs 1:1-4 (NIV) 1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2 for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; 3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; 4 for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young—
Twenty-one days ago I issued a challenge to you – to read one chapter of Proverbs every day for thirty-one days and write down one or two things in a daily journal that the Lord uses to renew and refresh you in your faith. I hope you accepted the challenge. Several of you are sending me your thoughts on a daily basis and I am being encouraged and blessed by what God is teaching you.
Beginning today, I want to share some of the things God is teaching me, and also share, with their permission, what others are writing as well. I am excited to see how God is going to use this study of Proverbs to deepen our faith and enrich our wisdom.
We begin at the beginning, which is always a good place to begin. I am the type of person that likes to know the goal before I start out on any adventure. God’s call of Abraham to simply go east would really be a test for me. I am thankful that Solomon sets forth the goal of Proverbs right at the beginning. He says that these proverbs have five primary purposes:
- They are the learning center of wisdom and discipline;
- They teach us how to think clearly;
- They produce a God-honoring lifestyle;
- They enhance one’s common sense;
- And they help even the young to make good decisions.
WOW! Just think, by reading, studying, and applying these Proverbs to our lives we will tap into the eternal Source of all wisdom with the result being that our lives will become more disciplined; we will be able to think clearly about every circumstance in our lives; we will be transformed into people who obey God and love doing His will because we now understand our eternal purpose; we will no longer be simple-minded but be blessed with an abundance of common sense; and we will be confident in our ability to make good decisions no matter what the choice may be.
That sounds like the kind of person I want to be. How about you?