Listen, my son!
Scripture reading for July 4th: Proverbs 1-4
I have personally read Proverbs dozens of times over the last thirty years. For many years I read the entire book of Proverbs each month as a daily discipline. For the past 11 years, I have read the chapter of Proverbs for that day at the bi-weekly men’s accountability breakfast that I am a part of. Even though I have read or heard Proverbs many times, I am still impressed at how they speak to us about our daily lives.
Hearing and listening can be two different things. Almost everyone can hear what is being said but listening in order to learn and apply truth is a different process requiring humility and a teachable spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you new insights about successful living and decision making with a teachable spirit.
Solomon is the author of many of the proverbs. Solomon was visited by God and given an opportunity to ask for anything he desired. He asked for wisdom to rule God’s people. The proverbs are some of the written record of the wisdom God blessed Solomon with. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. (Proverbs 1:7) There are those who either don’t want wisdom or are so enthralled with their own way that Solomon gives them names. ‘Simple’, ‘fool’, and ‘mocker’ are the three names of those who refuse to listen and learn! (Proverbs 1:7, 22)
Listening to wisdom brings knowledge and discretion to the young. (Proverbs 1:4-5) A person who listens to wisdom understands the fear of the Lord and finds knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:5) His soul will find joy and rest in God’s protection. He will be kept safe from wicked men bent on destruction. (Proverbs 2:12-15) The wise will also avoid the adulterous woman and her path that leads to death. (Proverbs 2:16-19) Applying wisdom brings long life and prosperity. (Proverbs 3:2) Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her and they will be richly blessed! (Proverbs 3:18)
Wisdom is to be prized above any other treasure. (Proverbs 3:13-15) We must lay hold of wisdom by taking hold of the words given by the Father. (Proverbs 4:1-5) We must prize and esteem wisdom. Wisdom is our life and health to our whole body! (Proverbs 4:22) Wisdom resides in our heart! (Proverbs 4:23) Wisdom sounds a lot like Jesus Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! (Colossians 2:2-3)