4 lessons I learned from PROVERBS [free shareables!]

4 lessons I learned from PROVERBS [free shareables!]

 

efficient ways to get around the city.jpgAs we close out this month in the book of Proverbs, I’d like to ask what you learned. Did anything take you by surprise?

Every time I open the Word I discover something new, seeing the same words in a new light. True, we are always changing and growing, but I think the main reason is that the Word is alive and moving all around us, every day.

Hebrews 4:12 says “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Amazing. No other written work can move and change us like the Bible.

When I set out to study this book at the beginning of the month, I saw Proverbs as a big jumble of unorganized truths — a “junk drawer” of wisdom, so to speak. But as the days went by, I could almost see the gaps in my own knowledge being filled and quenched.  There were 4 major themes stuck out to me:

  • Fear of the Lord. Unless we acknowledge the sovereignty of God in our lives, we will always be stumbling along trying to live by our own faulty wisdom. “Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!” (Psalm 111:10).
  • Humility. Humility is key to fearing God, but Proverbs also talks about humility towards our neighbor. Not only is it loving to put our neighbor before ourselves, it is commanded by Jesus. “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11)
  • Integrity. When others see your honest dealing in all things, they will see your pure life and give glory to God. “For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ” (2 Corinthians 9:13).
  • Self-Discipline. In Let’s All Be Brave, Annie Downs makes a poignant observation: It takes courage to be disciplined. When we practice discipline (no matter the details) we are stepping out and saying, “Even though I don’t see the results now, I believe that my obedience to God’s Word will prove victorious”

Questions for application:

  • Which theme(s) stuck out to you most?
  • How are you going to apply something new in your daily life?

Let me know in the comments below if you read along, or if not, what you think about the 4 lessons I was able to glean. Thanks!

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Want to read Proverbs with us?

Want to read Proverbs with us?

Dear friends,

The beginning of the year can really feel like a drag sometimes. To me January feels like the Monday of months.  No more parties, no more presents, no more excuses to double on christmas cookies. It’s back to reality and it’s oh-so-bleak.

That’s why we wanted to do something extra special for our readers, to encourage and equip each other in the power of God’s Word.

So throughout the month of January, we will be reading a chapter a day in the book of Proverbs, together as a community.

Here’s how it will work:

  1. Read 1 chapter a day starting on January 1
  2. Select 1 verse that stands out to you
  3. Post that verse on Puredisciple’s Facebook page

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Now I know what you’re thinking… Allow me to explain why your participation will not only be worth the time, you might actually see yourself transformed in the process.

Reasons you should join us

  1. It’s easy. Only 1 chapter a day. So what if you miss a day? You can return to it any time.
  2. It’s good for you. We need God’s Word like we need oxygen (Mat 4:4).
  3. We’re all in it together. As the body of Christ we are meant to build each other up (1 Thess 5:11). There will be fellowship!
  4. By the end of the month, you’ll have read an entire book written by the wisest man who ever lived. How’s that for a conversation starter?

All are welcome and we can’t wait to see what God has in store for us this January!

Love,

The Pure Disciple Team

How to make God rejoice!

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Proverbs is full of wisdom, but nothing strikes me more than this little passage:

My son, if your heart is wise,
    then my heart will be glad indeed;
my inmost being will rejoice
    when your lips speak what is right. 

Prov 23:15-16

It says that if we choose God’s will, His heart will be glad and His inmost being will rejoice. That’s a pretty big statement to make. My obedience can actually make the God of the universe rejoice in his inmost being. Imagine getting your child to finally make the decision on his own to put effort into his homework. He is acting on wisdom given to him from someone wiser than him. That must be what God feels like times infinity when I am obedient.

Tonight I’m just meditating on the wisdom of Proverbs, and thinking about how I can bring these into my active daily life more intentionally.