The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles. –Proverbs 1:1-6
There are proverbs that are embedded in every culture. Some of the most common across them are the pursuits of happiness and matters of the heart. Today, words of wisdom, or proverbs, are still pursued as “the guide to happy living.” But how does one truly pursue what is right and make wise decisions? I believe that the book of Proverbs gives us all an opportunity to learn from those who came before and through whom the Creator of all things chooses to speak by today.
As we observe the first six verses in chapter one, consider the following:
- There is a proclamation of wisdom being sought after, implying we must pursue after what is wise
- In opening the book, the writer (Solomon, son of David who was king of Israel) declares that one who learns should consider these words of wisdom
- God’s wisdom is not just for the young, but also for those who are old
- If we accept these words as truth, we can practice the concepts of wisdom it shares
So, what can be said about us? Do we want understanding? What about instruction for wise decisions, righteousness (how to live right in eyes of God the creator), justice, and equity?
Today, let us all continue to consider what is wise and what is right. If there is a need, let us discern from God’s word as observed above, that we must be willing to learn from His Spirit and we will be led to that which is right before Him.
May the Spirit of God be your light and His love through Jesus Christ bring you peace.