These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. (Proverbs 1:1-6)
God is mysterious, unexplained, and the depths of his person and knowledge are inexhaustible. He requires honor, worship, and obedience to his standards and plans, but also desires personal relationship, fellowship, and close intimate friendship. To the doubting heart he is paradoxical and beyond their standard of acceptably defined reason.
The Christian, however, discovers security and encouragement in knowing he is both complex beyond understanding and yet simple and approachable for those of childlike faith. How can the words simple and complex be used to describe the same person? Not easily, unless the subject of discussion is God. What the unbelieving heart finds disturbing the believing heart finds peaceful, purposeful, and beautiful.
The character of His word is the same, containing depths of mystery and awe, but also filled with practical guidance for daily living. The Proverbs teach us understanding for the things that come our way in our daily lives. In a culture confused about values, the Proverbs are clear in revealing “what is right, just, and fair”
The wise adhere and find knowledge and life; the foolish despise him and his ways and eventually reap destruction.
Lead me in Your paths by Your Word, Lord Jesus. Amen.
“And don’t let us yield to temptation”