Digging Deeper 29 Proverbs 1:1-2
Warning! The world is full of temptation and really there is only way to overcome the temptation to follow the world’s plan and that is to be prepared. Wisdom is paramount in our walk with God. As we start this study of Proverbs we are reminded at the very beginning the importance of knowing. The statement “what we don’t know can’t hurt us” is so very wrong. The easy path or maybe I should say the path most taken by Christians is to stay ignorant somehow in the back of our minds thinking that if we don’t know then we are less accountable. Even in church culture today and really for sometime there has been a dumbing down of the Christian walk. Say your prayers, and go to church then all is well. I certainly do not want to take anything away from these things, they are very important to the growth of the believer but there is so much more. How do we know what to do, who to marry, what job to take, how to raise kids, how to be a leader in the church, how should we take care of our physical bodies, what’s important, what is not. How do we react when we have been done wrong, what do we do if we have wronged someone as you can see the list goes on and on. Everything we need to know is found in God’s wisdom, don’t stop learning it! We must keep seeking the wisdom of God. It is a wonderful thing to know that God has saved us from our sin and we have eternal life but there is so much more He has for us that we may enjoy the fullness of His love and live in His peace. Let’s dig a little deeper that we can experience the wisdom that God desperately wants us to have.
James 1:5 But if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach and it will be given to him.
Proverbs 1:1-2 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to discern the sayings of understanding,
Solomon begins Proverbs with an explanation of the purpose. The purposes of these words are to have wisdom and instruction. Wisdom “chokmah” is a general term meaning intelligence, experience and judgment. Instruction “muwcar” which means correction, discipline and self-control these two words tell us the intent of the Proverbs. The second phrase in verse 2 To discern the sayings of understanding Proverbs 1:2b this phrase reveals the purpose of the wisdom and instruction. God does not only extend to us wisdom and instruction but he does so that we can understand. Without the wisdom that God gives us through His Spirit there can be no understanding. Solomon proclaims that these proverbs, which are inspired by God is that we can receive the wisdom and instruction to understand the precepts of God. In the next few verses Solomon will point out some of the things specifically that we can understand but for now let us simply know that God does intend for us to understand and have direction in our lives. The Bible is not a giant riddle for us to try and figure out. God speaks through His word that we may know His wisdom and it starts when our heart is in position to receive it.
As we start this journey through Proverbs let’s do it with an open heart of understanding knowing that God does not speak to us in riddles but rather speaks to our heart through His Holy Spirit.
Which things we also speak, not in the words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. 1 Corinthians 2:14
What do we believe about God?
1. God wants us to understand
2. God’s wisdom is the only true wisdom.
What do we believe about ourselves?
1. We can understand what God reveals to us.
2. We have God’s Word so that we can understand who God is and who we are.
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