The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs 22

Let’s do more than just read today as we dive into Wise Sayings in Proverbs 22

Towards the end of this chapter we are introduced to a collection of thirty Sayings of the Wise. While only six are found in Proverbs 22 (the remaining will be read in Proverbs 23 and 24), the introduction is important to note:

Listen to the words of the wise;
    apply your heart to my instruction.
 For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart
    and always ready on your lips.–vs. 17-18

Step 1: Listen to these words
Step 2: Learn these words
Step 3: Use these words

Three simple steps. Not complicated at all, so why do we stop after Step 1 with a feeling of accomplishment?

“Ok Lord, I read your Word for the day. Good job me! Now, on to my next task…”  
God could give us a million wise sayings, but if we are not willing to learn them AND use them, they are only sayings that do us absolutely no good!

As we read through these sayings, I challenge you not to “just” read.

Which ones stand out to you? Is there one that provides some wisdom needed for a situation you are dealing with right now? Will you choose one or more to not only read, but tuck away in your heart, so that when the time comes you are ready to use it?

Listen. Learn. Use.

Dear Lord, help us to listen, learn and use your word to grow closer to you. Amen.

The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs 1:20-33

We complete the first chapter of Proverbs today by reading Proverbs 1:20-33. (Click on the link to read the Scriptures.)

Wisdom cries aloud in the street,
in the markets she raises her voice;
at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks…

Proverbs 1:20-21

In our culture we’ve created a measuring system for intelligence called intelligence quotient or IQ. Our intelligence quotient changes some during our teen years, but stabilizes as we get older and some studies say it decreases with age.

Wisdom according to these verses is different. Being wise is not a matter of heredity or cultural influence. Wisdom is a gift from God. These verses reveal wisdom is available to all who seek.

Did you notice where wisdom personified calls in these verses?

In the street and market. The city gates.

The street and market represent public places where life is lived and business pursued. The city gates were where legal matters were handled. In other words if we want to make wise choices in life, in business, and legal issues, all we have to do is listen.

How often do we trade God’s wisdom for intelligence or knowledge? With information as close as our fingertips it is easy to rely on research and understanding and forget to simply ask for wisdom.

As we begin this week, let’s consider asking God for wisdom in our homes, businesses, and even legal matters. All we have to do… is listen.

Lord, open my ears to Your wisdom. Teach me to make wise choices in my life.

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