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.

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