My bishop asked the congregation to read a chapter a day from the book of Proverbs through the month of December. My family and I have been doing so, and I’m really enjoying reading and expounding upon the verses with my family.
A proverb is a short, concise sentence that conveys moral truth. In Hebrew it means to “rule or to govern.”
My study Bible says that the book of proverbs itself mentions Solomon as author or collector of it’s contents (Prov.1:1;10:1),including the proverbs copied by Hezekiah’s men(Prov.25:1). There are a few passages not written by Solomon, including the passage about the Excellent Wife.
Regardless, there is so much wisdom in these chapters to be absorbed! So many principles and what I like to call Solomon’s facts of life, that can be applied to our everyday lives.. People who think that the Bible doesn’t say anything about how we are to live are wrong. So far the chapters that we have read, are repeatedly instructing us to seek after the wisdom and knowledge of God, and to desire “the wage of the righteous [which] leads to life, [but] the gain of the wicked is sin.” (Prov. 10:16)
Chapter 1:8-9:18 are sectioned off in my bible as “A Father’s Invitation to Wisdom”
Notice the recurring theme in this section:
Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, (Proverbs 1:8 ESV)
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. (Proverbs 3:1-2 ESV)
Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me and said to me, Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live. (Proverbs 4:1-4 ESV)
Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many.
(Proverbs 4:10 ESV)
My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.
(Proverbs 4:20 ESV)
My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding,
(Proverbs 5:1 ESV)
And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.(Proverbs 5:7 ESV)
My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. (Proverbs 6:20 ESV)
My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you;
(Proverbs 7:1 ESV)
These verses are especially important to me at this time in my life. I’m 18 years old now :-D, and it can be very easy to listen to the culture and accept the attitude of, “I’m grown now,!” or “I got this” But I don’t want that. I don’t want that at all. The bible says,
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
(Proverbs 16:18 ESV)
“A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.”(Proverbs 13:1 ESV)
“Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26 ESV)
I believe that once you reach your young adult years, it isn’t time to tune out your parents but a time to lean in closer and really absorb the knowledge they have to offer. But the very opposite is done many, many times in our culture. Like the Scripture says, pride goes before destruction. A lot of times parents are willing to share some wisdom/common sense with their young adult child but the child is not willing to listen. Thus the person goes out on their own making mistakes that could have been avoided had they only listened.
I’ve made up my mind that I’m going to try something different. I’m going to continue to strive to obey God’s Word. 😯
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” (Ephesians 6:1-3 ESV)
There are many recurring themes in Proverbs, and another is seeking after wisdom as I mentioned before. I know that my parents have wisdom and it would be foolish of me not to seek after and adhere to their godly advice. I’ve read about the way of a fool and I’m going to do what I must, not to walk that path.
Take a look at Proverbs for yourself. It’s a good book. 😉 All of God’s Word is right? 😀 I encourage you to read it. Thank you so much for reading my blog. It means a lot. Happy New Year! God Bless!