The Proverbs Project: Day 2

Megan D.

Proverbs 2: 1 – 11

My child, will you treasure my wisdom?
Then, and only then, will you acquire it.
And only if you accept my advice
and hide it within will you succeed.
2 So train your heart to listen when I speak
and open your spirit wide to expand your discernment—
then pass it on to your sons and daughters.[a]
3 Yes, cry out for comprehension and intercede for insight.
4 For if you keep seeking it like a man would seek for sterling silver,
searching in hidden places for cherished treasure,
5 then you will discover the fear of the Lord
and find the true knowledge of God.
6 Wisdom is a gift from a generous God,
and every word he speaks is full of revelation
and becomes a fountain of understanding within you.[b]
7–8 For the Lord has a hidden storehouse of wisdom
made accessible to his godly lovers.[c]
He becomes your personal bodyguard as you follow his ways,
protecting and guarding you as you choose what is right.
9 Then you will discover all that is just, proper, and fair,
and be empowered to make the right decisions
as you walk into your destiny.
10 When wisdom wins your heart and revelation breaks in,
true pleasure enters your soul.
11 If you choose to follow good counsel,
divine design will watch over you
and understanding will protect you
from making poor choices.

Observation

The first thing I notice when reading the passage is that the author begins with posing a question, “My child, will you treasure my wisdom?”  Asking a question invites a response.  It is active.  It causes the reader to pause and think.  In verse 2 the author tells us to train our heart to listen, open our spirit wide, pass it on to our sons and daughters.  He continues on to tell us to keep seeking it and searching for it.  THEN we will discover the fear of the Lord and find the true knowledge of God.  It is a thrilling and exciting invitation of discovery, unlocking the treasures of heaven on each expedition.

I love this about proverbs.  We get to see that wisdom isn’t something that we are born with, but true wisdom is active and requires us to seek it and actively search for it.  In an age where information and knowledge is available at the click of a button or the scroll of a screen, wisdom is something much more valuable and requires us to partner with God in our search for it.  It is actually our choice to follow wisdom.  Yet another example of God’s nature, never forcing us, but asking us to choose him.

Application

Seeking wisdom is active.  What are some ways we can actively seek wisdom?

  1. Read the Bible – God’s word is full of wisdom.  Take 10 minutes in the morning and read through 1-2 chapters of the Bible.  Read until something strikes your spirit.  Do a S.O.A.P (you’re doing one now, so you’re already ahead of the game!).  If you don’t know where to start, the Gospel of John is always a good place.
  2. Pray – Ask God for wisdom.  James 1:5 tells us that “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”  If you don’t know how to pray, just begin by saying “Thank You” to God for things you are grateful for and then ask him a question like “Lord, what are you saying to me today?”  I bet you’ll be surprised at what you hear
  3. Ask Questions – Most of us have people in our lives who are full of wisdom and life experience, who are further along on the journey with Jesus.   Find these people and ask them questions.  It’s very likely that they have gone through something similar or have some Godly and Biblical wisdom to pass on.  And no, YOU ARE NOT BOTHERING THEM.  God has given us wisdom and experiences not for us, but to help others.  The Gospel was never meant to stop with us.  One day, you may find that you are the person giving the Godly wisdom and passing it on to someone in need.

Prayer

Father, thank you that I have the opportunity to talk with you and to seek your wisdom.  I am so grateful that I don’t have to do this journey alone.  Lord, forgive me for trying to do this on my own for so long.  I pray today, Lord, that you would help me to actively seek your wisdom.  Help me to be disciplined in reading your Word and asking questions.  Help me to ask you for your guidance in every circumstance and I pray you would surround me with wise, Godly counsel to help me along the way.  Lord, I pray that you grow in me in wisdom and maturity so that I may help others along the way as well.  I love you Jesus, in your name I pray.  Amen.


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Megan is a single gal living in NYC (the best city in the world) and working in ministry. She is passionate about helping women grow in their confidence of who God has created them to be and helping them develop their God-given gifts and talents.  She has lots of great stories to tell so just ask!

The Proverbs Project: Day 1

Karen Cecilia

Proverbs 1: 32-33

For the simple are killed by their turning away and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease without dread of disaster.

 

Observation:

Proverbs is all about wisdom. Chapter 1 starts off telling us that wisdom is something to be gotten; something to be obtained. It’s something that we should pursue and run to at her every call. In other words, the responsibility for the pursuit and acquisition of wisdom is on us. We are as wise as we choose to be based on how much we choose to yield to the source of true wisdom: God. Proverbs 1:32-33 warns of the consequences of not simply a lack of wisdom, but of actually turning away from or rejection (complacency) of Godly wisdom. The process of turning away is not passive one, but an active one. The Bible says Wisdom calls out, loud and for all to hear, but what we choose to do with that wisdom is what will dictate our future. This passage lays out the downfall of those who scorn Godly wisdom, but it also tells us what awaits those who heed Wisdom’s call: whoever listens to (i.e. hears and applies) wisdom (not worldly wisdom, but Godly wisdom) dwells secure at ease and without dread or fear of disaster.

Application:

Destruction is the end of the simple and the fool. While ease, security and fearlessness is the benefit of those who heed wisdom. This world is in a constant state of yelling out all kinds of philosophies, ideologies and false notions—worldly wisdom is loud and plentiful! Turn on any news channel and you’ll hear five different versions of the same story, with 5 different takes and 5 different solutions–all claiming to be true and all claiming to be right. You can pick up three different parenting books that promise to teach you everything you need to know to raise healthy, well-adjusted kids and each book will tell you something completely different and contradictory. It can be hard to discern what’s what! But the Bible says that Wisdom calls out in the streets, in the market, at the head of noisy streets…in other words, wisdom is readily available to us, but we need to be attuned to the sound.

Listening for the voice of Wisdom looks like deferring to the Word instead of leaning on our own understanding. It looks like having people around us that we’re in relationship with and who don’t just tell us what we want to hear, but will give us Godly counsel even if it’s the hard truth. It looks like being found in community of Church. Lastly, it looks like more than just hearing–having the knowledge, but not applying it is living the foolish, complacent life that this passage warns about. Instead, we need to be hearers and doers!

Prayer:

Father, thank you for your word. Thank you that you give us wisdom where we lack. Thank you that your ways are higher than ours. Help us to walk in ease by submitting to Godly wisdom and to trade our wisdom for yours. Holy Spirit, I pray you help us to not to complacent and to not turn away at the hard things, instead help us to lean into your truth and your ways. Jesus, in the midst of so much uncertainty in this world, we can live securely rooted in you. I pray that as we move forward this month listening closely to Wisdom’s call, we’ll all grow in Godly wisdom together living lives that are pointing people to the love Jesus. In your name, Jesus, amen.


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Hi Friends! My name Karen Cecilia and I’m just a girl with a passion for writing, loving people and building the local church. I was born, raised and am currently living in the greatest city: New York (I ❤️ NY!). I blog and am an aspiring author.