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The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs 9

Wisdom gives an invitation in Proverbs 9. (Click on the link to read today’s Scripture.)

Wisdom has built her house;
she has hewn her seven pillars.
She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
 She has sent out her young women to call
from the highest places in the town,
 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
To him who lacks sense she says,
 “Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”

Proverbs 9:1-5

A few days ago I was invited to a neighbor’s house. It was a round about invitation through a mutual friend to come to the neighbor’s for an open house. I’ve walked and driven by their home hundreds of times, and I always admired the entrance sign. It reads Last Lap Farm, complete with red headed  buzzards made of metal. From the road you can’t see much, their home hidden behind the trees. Left to myself, my introverted self, I would have probably never met these neighbors face to face.

My daughter and I decided to stop by the open house on our way to Tyler. What we experienced was incredible. Nestled back in the trees my neighbors have worked to create an incredible home and barn where they craft furniture and home decor with simplistic beauty I find difficult to describe. As we joined the others she came to greet us and hugged me with her cheek pressed to mine, You’re the neighbor, she said.

There’s something about this place I can’t stop thinking about. As I stood there I looked at her old worn picnic table and thought, I would love to sit there with her and listen to her story. What wise and wonderful things I might learn. I was surprised by my thoughts.

I imagine this is what it is like to answer Wisdom’s invitation. Wisdom has built her house, complete in every way. She has prepared a feast, and sent the invitation out. Come to my home. Come you who are simple, who lack sense, and feast with me.

How will you answer Wisdom’s invitation today?

Yes, Lord! I choose to feast in the home of wisdom and not the house of folly.

The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs 7

The writer continues to warn us in Proverbs 7. (Click on the link to read the verses.)

My son, keep my words
    and treasure up my commandments with you;
keep my commandments and live;
    keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
bind them on your fingers;
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
    and call insight your intimate friend,
to keep you from the forbidden woman,
    from the adulteress with her smooth words.

Proverbs 7:1-5

Let me put in my own words:

Sons and daughters, my child, keep my word. Gather them as treasure and carry them around in your purse or wallet. For these are life. Seek the Spirit’s teaching and treat it as you would your newborn child. Guard it. Protect it. Wear it like a wedding band on your finger, the symbol of our relationship. Write it on your heart.

Consider wisdom your sibling, and call insight your best friend forever. 

When you do, my words will guard you against the temptations that quickly lead you astray. You will see the enemy’s trickery for what it is and will not be overtaken by deception.

–Stacy

Do you know the importance of seeking God’s teaching in His Word? Have you placed something before it in your life?

Perhaps you too will write these verses in your own words.

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Lord, may the wisdom of Your Word be my greatest treasure.

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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The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs 1:1-19

Today begins a new season in our journey. We’ve walked together through the Gospels and traveled Beyond the Gospels to complete our reading of the New Testament. From Revelation we went Back to the Beginning and rediscovered Genesis, we Wandered through the Wilderness in Exodus, and sang every Song of Praise in the book of Psalms.

We’re finishing off this season by exploring The Way of Wisdom found in Proverbs, and before we know it Advent will be upon us.

Come on! Let’s get going by reading Proverbs 1:1-19. (Click on the link to read these verses.)

To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
 to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:2-7

Wisdom… What is it exactly? Merriam-Webster defines wisdom as

  • accumulated philosophical or scientific learning: knowledge
  • ability to discern inner qualities and relationships: insight
  • good sense: judgment
  • a wise attitude, belief, or course of action
  • the teachings of the ancient wise men

Do you consider yourself wise? Are you willing to increase learning, to understand and obtain guidance?

As we begin Proverbs, let’s ask God to reveal His wisdom and understanding to us. Let’s open our hearts wide to the Way of Wisdom.

Lord, prepare my heart to receive Your wisdom.

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Songs of Praise: Psalm 110-112

Begin your Monday with praise by reading Psalm 110-112. (Click on the link to read the Psalms.)

It’s Monday and I wonder… What are you thinking? What were your first thoughts this morning? Were there moments of anxiety? Seconds of fear at what the new week might bring?

The psalmist speaks of fear too.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!

Psalm 111:10

Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
who greatly delights in his commandments!

Psalm 112:1

As we begin a new week, there is only one thing to fear. And this fear is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom to know which way to go, what words to say, how to behave. It all begins with fear of the Lord.

I encourage you this day, to cast all your cares on Him. Choose to fear the Lord and embrace His wisdom and way this week. And just like the psalmist says… may you be blessed.

He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.

Psalm 112:7

Lord, may I fear You above all else. Trusting in You as good, I have no need to fear bad news.

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