MAY 27 READINGS...Proverbs 1:1-4:27
Today we begin the book of Proverbs. We are told the purpose of these statements that primarily come from Solomon. They are to teach people wisdom and discipline…to give understanding…to live disciplined and successful lives…to help us to do right and be fair. Solomon deals with the relationship between a child and their parents. He tells us to listen when your father brings correction, and your mother gives instruction. These truths become a crown on our heads, and will lead us to live a life of honor. Solomon personifies wisdom, as if it becomes a representation of the Lord Himself. He gives a grave warning to those who chose to ignore the wisdom of God…doing as they chose. They will find themselves in grave distress…and they will call out to God, but He will not answer them. Because they call out merely to be rescued…they do not call out to really know the Lord and walk in His way. Their unwise decisions will become something that chokes the life out of them. They cannot see that the way of the Lord leads to life…but any other way leads to death.
One of the best-known proverbs is found in our readings today…Proverbs 3:5-6. We are called to trust in the Lord with all our heart, and don’t depend upon our own understanding…if we acknowledge Him in all things He will direct us how to walk. What does this look like played out in our lives…Solomon tells us. We won’t be impressed with our own wisdom…we will understand that true wisdom comes from the Lord. We will honor the Lord with all of our wealth…understanding that everything we have belongs to Him, and comes from Him. We will not reject the Lord’s discipline…knowing that He disciplines us because of His great love for us. We will walk, both, in common sense and discernment…common sense is not so common today, and discernment is always based on truth. We will not withhold good form those who deserve it…we won’t plot harm against our neighbor…and we will not envy evil people. The impact of a life surrendered to God and His wisdom is a life filled with blessings…and the greatest of those blessings is experiencing God in our everyday life.
Share your thoughts from today’s readings. There was so much wisdom in the first four chapters. It could be that one that I shared or another one really touched your heart. Please share to encourage others who are reading.
TOMORROW’S READING…Proverbs 5:1-7:27