Proverbs – You can be smart BUT not wise

Proverbs has always been one of my favorite books.

I began the habit of daily reading the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds with the day of the month at a young age (I mean you’ve met my father right?). After doing so now for over 10 years, I was astonished to realize that means I’ve read through the book of Proverbs more than a hundred and twenty times. And I plan to continue the practice for the rest of my life. The joy of this living book, is there is always more to read, study, learn, and apply to my life.

Wisdom for Life

What makes you want to read the book of Proverbs? One thing, surely, is the desire to grow in wisdom—BIBLICAL WISDOM. And if you’re at all familiar with Scripture, you know that Proverbs is the go-to for getting it.

Many of us love the book of Proverbs for its practicality. Ther are so many principles and practical points that come from that book. Every verse seems to provide us with understanding that will make our lives run just a bit more smoothly. It teaches us some new way to think or be and apply to our lives.

And because the book of Proverbs provides us with a logical and wise roadmap of how God has designed the world to work, following its guidance does make our lives better. But a better life isn’t the only reason to study the book of Proverbs in the long run. We don’t want to miss the core of it. What is God saying to His people through this unique portion of Scripture.

Advice vs. Wisdom

We want to rightly understand this collection of sayings, proverbs, and principles that provide skill in the art of Godly living and show us how to reflect God’s glory in the details of our lives and relationships. It’s the difference between going to Proverbs for advice and going to it for wisdom. It is applicable to every walk of life that we will face.

Seeking wisdom and not just advice requires more heart work. But it’s totally worth it! Why? That’s because the wisdom found in Proverbs takes us outside our own lives to someone else—our Lord. It teaches us that wisdom is something we need to strive to have and apply to our lives. That’s the heart of the book and the primary reason to study it.

Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and equity, every good path;
for wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. – Prov. 2:9–12

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. – James 3:17

Wisdom is precious.

The one who wants wisdom should pursue it with zeal, as if it were buried treasure.

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,
for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.
She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Prov. 3:13–15

I hope that seeing this will make you understand the importance of reading this book a little everyday in your life. I promise that if you do, you will see wisdom increase in your day to day walk. You will be able to understand things more than before. And you will be able to be on guard in all areas of your life.

Love lots you guys

Alisha

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