Thursday, October 1, 2009
Why Read Proverbs?
Chapter one of Proverbs gives us several reasons for reading through the book of Proverbs. "For attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young." (Verses 2-4) If you are trying to establish the practice of a daily Quiet Time, the book of Proverbs is a great place to start. Read the Proverb that corresponds with the day of the month and you will read the entire book in one month. This is a discipline I have completed a number of times through the years, and each time, different truths speak to me. We can gain wisdom, knowledge, and understanding through the pages of Proverbs. There are simple commands such as, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5) There are many, many informative statements such as, "For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD and He examines all his paths." (Proverbs 5:21) We also find many wise statements to help us live our lives more closely to God's desire for us such as, "A man of knowledge uses words with restraint and a man of understanding is even-tempered." (Proverbs 17:27) Blessings will be yours as you pour over the pages of Proverbs and you will gain wisdom.