Proverbs 1:5, 6
Every person has things they are looking forward to, or want to accomplish, or see as impera-tive for their life. These things run the gamut from urgent to optional. For some it is just to get by to the next day. For others it may be an advanced degree or high position. Sometimes we must reorganize and prioritize, and change goals around, because the inherent value of some-thing new becomes obvious. Then, if we’re wise, we won’t hesitate to make the change.
The Book of Proverbs is full of incredibly practical direction in how to live life with “success,” as God defines it. Personal direction, guidance in marriage, relationships, business, financing, and lots more. It’s all in there! But the book starts out with an incredibly practical reality- if you want the wisdom therein, you must read the book. Verses 5 & 6 say:
A wise person will hear and increase in learning,
And a person of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
To understand a proverb and a saying,
The words of the wise and their riddles. (NASB)
To be clear: the references to hearing and increasing learning, acquiring wise counsel, and un-derstanding things, are NOT referring to anything but the information contained in God’s Word, the Bible. This is not an encouragement to seek out “conventional wisdom,” human reasoning, modern philosophy, or psychological humanistic insight. This is important because each day we all make the decision as to what we will do with God’s Word. Will we make time to read? Will we listen to an audio of it, as we drive or sit quietly? There are great riches there and promises that will give peace of mind and encouragement. When we are the wise person, the person of understanding, we will make sure the blessings of the written Word are a significant part of every day. If we do, we will live by the Word, and nothing less (Matthew 4:4). In similitude to food entering the physical body, Scripture nourishes us. But only if it gets in!
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