Wednesday Word 5.15.20189

Proverbs 1:1-9

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction;

    for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,

    doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple,

    knowledge and discretion to the young— let the wise listen and add to their learning,

    and let the discerning get guidance— for understanding proverbs and parables,

    the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

    but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction

    and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head

    and a chain to adorn your neck.

I love the Book of Proverbs. Some are pretty funny and some really hit home. As Solomon says, there is something for everyone; from the simple to the wise, all may benefit from the Proverbs.

It was a Proverb that smacked me right between the eyes when I first began attending church as an adult. I was learning that I really knew very little about what the Bible said. I thought I knew. But, like so many other things in life, we often form opinions and attitudes based on spurious and preliminary information. I had gone so far from God based on my faulty version of Scripture and burdened with guilt on account of it. When I began to read for myself and discuss what I had read with others, I began to see God and mercy and grace in an entirely different way. Then I saw my Proverb for the first time.

Proverbs 3:5-7, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.

That summed up my whole life up to that point. I had been relying on my own steam to power me through this world. No wonder I felt lost! As soon as I began to put these two sentences into action, I began to see a difference in the way I lived my life and the way I felt about my life. I no longer needed to feel guilty that I was not living up to my self-imposed standards. I could learn to rely on God instead of blundering on my own. There are answers to unlock your heart of hearts in Scripture. All you have to do is look…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki