I want to be like Abraham Lincoln or at least Andy Griffith as I impact my world today. I want to impart words that bring freedom and clarity but at the same time challenge and stretch people. The good news is that God will give me the words that I need to say and He will guide me when to say them. Will I be in tune with God is the real question? If I am willing to offer up to God my sinful tendency for ego gratification I can rest assured in quoting His perfect wisdom. It might seem simplistic but the eternally true wisdom of the ages is available to us each day in the book of Proverbs.
A side note here is that quoting Proverbs to unbelievers in the right way and at the right time may be an opening for them to appreciate the Bible. Don’t be overly surprised to hear your friend say something like, “Cool quote” or “That is really insightful – where did you get that?”
For those of us that do believe God’s Word to be true and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the hope of the world, Proverbs comes to us as a revelation of how to live and operate with wisdom in this often foolish world. We learn about things such as integrity, justice, relationships, staying pure, conflict resolution and the list goes on. Proverbs provides wisdom for God’s people to live out God’s Kingdom in the practical affairs of life. There are many “smart” and “loving” people all around us that are giving their perspective and it might seem practical, helpful and even compassionate but if it contradicts God’s ways it will ultimately be destructive. We need help and God gives it to us in His Word!
Who doesn't need some insight or encouragement to do the right thing from time to time? God knows we all do and that is why He gave us Proverbs. I encourage you to spend some time soaking up God’s wisdom revealed in Proverbs this week.
- 2 To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, 3 to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; 4 to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— 5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, 6 to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.
- 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
- Proverbs 1
In Grace and Truth,