Archive for November 20th, 2012

Proverbs 1

Proverbs 1 is written by Solomon, wisest man to ever live.  We can learn much from his wisdom.  He begins the proverbs by telling us the purpose.  Check out all the things this book will help us with:

–       “To know wisdom

–       Instruction

–       understand words of insight

–       receive instruction

–       righteousness

–       justice

–       equity

–       give prudence

–       knowledge

–       discretion

–       increase in learning

–       obtain guidance

–       understand

Let’s face it – proverbs is a source for learning and knowing about God.  It is a manual for us to live by.

Solomon begins by setting up one of the most important lessons we can learn, and he writes these words many times throughout this book.  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”.  It really is that simple.  If we want to learn, we need to realize where all truth comes from and that is God Himself.  He is where all knowledge begins, and ends for that matter.  He is the Creator of all things, so it isn’t a stretch at all that He would be the beginning of knowledge.  In fact, He is the beginning of everything.

Solomon goes on to remind us that parents are more than just disciplinarians.  “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching”.  God puts parents here for a very important purpose – to teach their kids.  And what should we teach?  We should teach them to fear God and the truth of His Word.  We should help them know the difference between good and evil.  We must teach them that who they run around with will matter.  In fact, we must tell them that the wrong crowd is a problem – “do not walk in the way with them”.  Who we run with matters.  And not just for kids!

God is committed to keeping us on the right course.  He does take action to bring us back out of the ditch of life if we stray there.  “If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you”.  God wants us to walk with Him.  He is all about keeping us on track.  But with free will, we obviously can and often do things that are not in God’s will.  We make bad choices.  But Solomon reminds us that “whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster”.  In the same way that sin and bad choices are exactly that – a choice, so is security and walking in God’s presence.  Life is all about choices.  Are you choosing God’s way?  Are you fearing God and gaining knowledge?

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