Hello to everyone around the world! I am so excited for the new structure of the blog and how this is going. I love knowing we get to connect three times a week as a community, and I love getting to write two blogs a month this time around!
I wanted one of the blogs each month to be an interactive blog that all of you can be a part of. A lot of times my friends and I will send scriptures to each other that jumped out at us and what we took from them as we are reading a chapter in the bible, so I wanted to start the same thing with all of you. What I am hoping we can do is go through the book of Proverbs together!
We will go through two or three proverbs each month to finish it by the end of the year. I am going to ask that you read along with me, and hopefully the things I point out that I took from my reading will encourage you, and the things you point out from reading will encourage other people reading the comments. This is not to hate on or compare to anyone who took something different from you from a scripture, but it is to encourage and learn from everyone’s own revelation from reading. This is all about learning and growing together in reading and knowing God. This week we will just focus on Proverbs 1 and 2.
You can pick whatever translation or version you prefer to read from, but I will be reading from the passion version, because I love the way it expresses the word and relates to our everyday life. If I use any other version, I will make sure you know. The book of Proverbs is one of the poetry books in the bible and is full of metaphors and poetic imagery, so if some things are tough to understand, ask God for the understanding. The word is all spirit breathed, and I hope through prayer and by us doing this as a community you will gain so much wisdom and understanding.
The writer of Proverbs is Solomon, the man who asked God for wisdom. Also, note that Solomon refers to wisdom as “she”, so do not be confused when wisdom is referred to has “she”. I think you will be surprised at how many things in the book of Proverbs answer some of those tough life questions that you have been wrestling with.
With all of that being said, it is time to dive right in!
Proverbs 1:7 “How then does a man gain the essence of wisdom? We cross the threshold of true knowledge when we live in obedient devotion to God.”
I think so many times we try to figure out a formula with God as if wisdom from the Lord will come the same way wisdom comes to us in a math class. With God there is no need to memorize a formula, but rather a need for faith to just obey what He says. When you are living and walking in that obedient faith that is where Godly wisdom will come.
Proverbs 1:17 “to be aware of the snare of the best way of escape.”
I have always loved this verse! I found it to be so true in my life. The times I am walking blindly and not taking notice of what I am allowing to be poured into my life and being aware of the places I am walking into are the times that I have gotten myself in a trap I never meant to step into. The times I am aware of what I am letting in and where I am walking are the times I have more easily stayed on the straight path.
Proverbs 1:20-21 “Wisdom’s praises are snug in the streets and celebrated far and wide. Yet wisdom’s song is not always heard in the halls of higher learning. But in the hustle and bustle of everyday life its lyrics can always be heard above the din of the crowd. You will hear wisdom’s warning as she preaches courageously to those who stop listening.”
I love how confident and loud wisdom is, but notice even with wisdoms voice being loud and even in her confident celebration, she is not heard. Just because you are filled with Godly wisdom does not mean everyone will choose to hear. However, do not stop singing it loudly and preaching it courageously, for the truth you know will set people free who do choose to listen.
Proverbs 1:33 “But the one who always listens to me will live undisturbed in a heavenly peace. Free from fear, confident and courageous, you will rest unafraid and sheltered from the storms of life.”
I know this verse is like music to our ears. Free from fear? Confident and courageous? Rest unafraid and sheltered from the storms of life? We all crave these things, and we ask God so many times HOW CAN WE BECOME THIS WAY GOD?, and He simply answers with, “Listen to me.” You may be saying, “But He does not speak to me like He does to others.” He has already spoken. Meditate on His word and take it to heart and all of the sudden you will begin to see why you do not have to fear, you do not have to be shaken when the storms come, and you (YES YOU) can be confident and courageous.
Proverbs 2: 1-2 “my child, will you treasure my wisdom? Then, and only then, will you acquire it. And only if you accept my advice and hide it within will you succeed. So train you heart to listen when I speak and open your spirit wide to expand your discernment.”
I know! We are already on chapter two, but do not forget about what I just said about listening to God. Now let’s take that a step further, when you do hear from God and learn from Him treasure every word. Accept every word you read as good advice and hide it deep in your heart. As you begin to become familiar with His tone, you can train your heart to listen when He speaks, and live open to hearing more of what He wants for your life. I love how it encourages us to train our heart to listen. We hear things all day long, and many of those things from the world are not going to sound like God, so the training takes intentional time of growing.
Proverbs 2:4-5 “For if you keep seeking it like a man who would seek for sterling silver, searching in hidden places for cherished treasure, then you will discover the fear of the Lord and the true knowledge of God.”
I always take note anytime the bible uses the words “if” and “then.” It is such direct instruction with direct promise. IF you keep seeking, THEN you will discover. Keep seeking. You will not get lost searching.
Proverbs 2:11-12 “If you choose to follow good counsel, divine design will watch over you and understanding will protect you from making poor choices. It will rescue you from evil in disguise and from those who speak duplicities.”
I have seen choosing to follow good counsel in my own life come in to play in a really positive way. Sometimes it is hard to discern if people who come into our life or decisions we need to make are good or not, but when we are following good counsel, we can know that their understanding can protect us from making a poor choice.
Proverbs 2:20-21 “Follow those who follow wisdom and stay on the right path. For all my godly lovers will enjoy life to the fullest and will inherit their destinies.”
Again, it is giving us advice on who we are choosing to follow. It is so important that we are following those who are seeking the same thing. Am I saying not to speak to those who are not? Absolutely not! Love and encourages those who are not seeking wisdom, but be careful not to follow them. Stay on the right path, and you will enjoy life to the fullest. You might have temporary happiness on the path of the world, but there is fullness for you on the path of wisdom from God.
Now let these words sink in, and let what God is teaching you right now while reading go straight to your heart as a treasure for the soul. This is the beginning of training your heart to hear.