These Are the Proverbs
Scripture: Proverbs 1:1-4:27
"These are the proverbs of Solomon, David's son, king of Israel." Proverbs 1:1 (NLT)
When reading the wonderful book of Proverbs, we must establish the difference between promises and proverbs. A proverb is not a promise. Promises are an indication of future excellence or achievement with assurance from God that they will or will not happen. Proverbs are parables or sayings that embody a general truth. Solomon astutely observed many things in his life and shared those truths with us through sayings.
The purpose of King Solomon’s proverbs is to teach wisdom and knowledge, to help us understand insights, and to lead us to live disciplined and successful lives. Proverbs also shows what is right, just, and fair.
In Proverbs 2, Solomon shares the reminder that wisdom comes from God. This is a powerful acknowledgment from the wisest man who ever lived (besides Jesus of course!). Let’s look at the benefits granted to people who cry out for insight and ask for understanding:
- For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (vs. 6): God is trustworthy and does as He says. When we ask, He will gift us with His direction.
- He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. (vs. 7): God gives us the ability to handle everyday situations without confusion or doubt.
- He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. (vs. 8):
God rewards those who act fairly toward others and remain loyal to Him.
Do the rewards of asking for wisdom sound good to you? They sure do to me! So, how do we go about attaining them? Scripture tells us that the beginning of wisdom and knowledge is fear of the Lord. This isn’t the type of fear we have of the dark or of being harmed. It is a fear that is rooted in reverence and respect. A right fear of the Lord leads us to follow God’s Word and His ways, which directs us in all manner of wisdom, common sense, and guidance.