Sometimes you just don’t know where to start reading in the bible. I know I’ve found myself holding it in my hands, looking down and thinking, “Filled with so much wisdom, where do I start?”
Well, how about starting in the book saturated with wisdom?
Yes, God’s book of Proverbs.
Solomon asked God for an understanding heart to judge the people to discern between good and evil.
God responded, of course, and gave Solomon a wise and discerning heart.
How blessed are we that Solomon wrote down some of the amazing wisdom God had given to him that we should become wise and discerning as well!
Someone once recommended to me reading a Proverb a day since there are 31 of them. Great wholly satisfying truth to read every single day of every month all year long. Trust me, you will NOT get tired of reading the Proverbs day after day, month after month, year after year. There is so much wisdom to be gained from them. Like Niagara Falls, it just keeps pouring into our lives with great magnificence and power.
While reading Proverbs 19 just a few days ago, I wrote down the wisdom God was speaking to me through His timeless Word. If you’ve ever said, “I just don’t know what God is telling me.” or “What is it that I’m supposed to follow, to obey?” Well, here you have a fabulous opportunity to know God’s heart and desire for you as His beloved child. As a parent passes on knowledge and wisdom to their child, so too does God pass on His knowledge for us to savor and digest. For us to process and soak in. For us to accept as our own and use for our own good. For us to praise Him and share His glory unto all the world. It’s deep. It’s long-standing. It’s life-giving.
So, let’s dive in, shall we? Let’s read it together.
Proverbs 19 (NASB)
19 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.
2 Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge,
And he who hurries his footsteps errs.
3 The foolishness of man ruins his way,
And his heart rages against the Lord.
4 Wealth adds many friends,
But a poor man is separated from his friend.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who tells lies will not escape.
6 Many will seek the favor of a generous man,
And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.
7 All the brothers of a poor man hate him;
How much more do his friends abandon him!
He pursues them with words, but they are gone.
8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will find good.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who tells lies will perish.
10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool;
Much less for a slave to rule over princes.
11 A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger,
And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.
12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion,
But his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish son is destruction to his father,
And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.
14 House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from the Lord.
15 Laziness casts into a deep sleep,
And an idle man will suffer hunger.
16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But he who is careless of conduct will die.
17 One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord,
And He will repay him for his good deed.
18 Discipline your son while there is hope,
And do not desire his death.
19 A man of great anger will bear the penalty,
For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again.
20 Listen to counsel and accept discipline,
That you may be wise the rest of your days.
21 Many plans are in a man’s heart,
But the counsel of the Lord will stand.
22 What is desirable in a man is his kindness,
And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
23 The fear of the Lord leads to life,
So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.
24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish,
But will not even bring it back to his mouth.
25 Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd,
But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.
26 He who assaults his father and drives his mother away
Is a shameful and disgraceful son.
27 Cease listening, my son, to discipline,
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice,
And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers,
And blows for the back of fools.
Wisdom from Proverbs…
- Have integrity.
- Seek knowledge.
- Do not hurry your steps. Slow down.
- Do not be foolish.
- Speak truth.
- Be generous.
- Seek wisdom and understanding.
- Use discretion.
- Overlook a transgression.
- Seek God’s favor.
- Do not be a contentious (disagreeable) wife.
- Be prudent (sensible).
- Do not be idle or lazy.
- Do not be careless in your conduct.
- Keep God’s commandments.
- Be gracious.
- Discipline my children.
- Do not be filled with anger.
- Listening to counsel and accepting discipline leads to wisdom.
- Seek the Lord’s counsel.
- Be kind.
- Fear the Lord.
- Honor my mother and father.
- Use my mouth for good.
Wow. That is just in ONE Proverb! That is a lot to digest! That is some amazing wisdom.
Have you read any of the Proverbs lately? May I suggest you start today?
It is the 21st of May, so start with the 21st Proverb. Read it through one time. Then grab a pen and underline what the Lord is tell YOU through His Word. Because I love to write, I enjoy recording in my journal what God is telling me. Whether or not you like to journal, grab some paper and write it out. Maybe even write it out as a letter from God to YOU! The bible is God’s words spoken directly to you. He didn’t have Facebook or email to record his words and send out His message to the world. Thankfully He simply placed them all in ONE book. You don’t have to check 5 different social media sources to figure it out! One book. One truth. One God. Whew!
Thank you God for reminding me to keep it simple, to fear You, to slow down, to speak truth and to seek Your wisdom. Please, dear God, help me to apply this truth to my life and live better, live differently. Amen.
Please share what God’s word has been teaching you lately!