The Beginning of Wisdom:
“These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king ofIsrael. The purpose of these proverbs is to teach people wisdom and discipline, and to help them understand wise sayings. Through these proverbs, people will receive instruction in discipline, good conduct, and doing what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will make the simpleminded clever. They will give knowledge and purpose to young people. Let those who are wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. And let those who understand receive guidance by exploring the depth of meaning in these proverbs, parables, wise sayings, and riddles. Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Only fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Proverbs 1:1-7).
Many Christians make it a habit to read a chapter from the book of Proverbs every day, and thereby read through the entire book of Proverbs once a month. I think this is a good practice. Why? The book of Proverbs is a book of Wisdom. Most of them were written by Solomon, the wisest man who ever walked the face of the Earth. Proverbs is a simple, practical book that will help you to live a successful life. Since I became a Christian, I have read through the book of Proverbs many times, and I receive new insights every time I do. Allow me to share with you just a few of the many benefits of reading through the Proverbs, and I pray that this will motivate you to begin a journey through this book of wisdom on your own.
THE PURPOSE OF THESE PROVERBS IS:
- To teach people wisdom and discipline, good conduct, and doing what is right
- To help them understand wise sayings, and to make the simpleminded clever
- To give knowledge and purpose to young people, and make wise people wiser
These are all beneficial things. Who wouldn’t want to be wiser? Who wouldn’t want more knowledge? And who wouldn’t want more purpose and meaning in their life? All of these things are offered by the book of Proverbs. Let me just share with you a few more of the many blessings that you will find in this book of wisdom.
- 3:1-2 – how to have a long and satisfying life (memorize God’s Word)
- 3:3-4 – how to find favour with God and people (be loyal and kind)
- 3:7-8 – how to regain renewed health and vitality (fear the Lord and turn your back on evil)
- 18:24 – how to make friends (NKJV – be friendly)
If you’ve never read through the book of Proverbs before, why don’t you start today and continue on until you’ve read through the entire book? Remember, the most important part of the process is not just reading the Proverbs. If you want to receive God’s blessing, you need to be a doer of the Word. James 1:25 says, “But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law – the law that sets you free – and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”
Pastor Chris Jordan