Proverbs 20 – August 20

CC Image courtesy of jenny downing on Flickr.

CC Image courtesy of jenny downing on Flickr.

Proverbs 20
Author: James Osborne

The book of Proverbs is a writing filled with pithy statements on everyday life.. The book gives us sayings of counsel and knowledge. But the writer also understands life can be understood only in part—wisdom has limits. The book certainly does not espouse that one can be wise while ignoring religion—quite to the contrary it argues that a life of insight, self-restraint and care for others will inevitably lead to a kind of faith.

One of the great statements found in the Proverbs is found in chapter 20, verse 27:

“God is in charge of human life,
watching and examining us inside and out.”

This is good news to us as believers. Knowing that a powerful and gracious God is concerned about me and is willing to watch and examine me is reassuring. He also says in verse 24: “The very steps we take come from God; otherwise how would we know where we are going?

Chapter 20 is full of advice and wisdom that can be very helpful as we live our everyday lives, but the author reminds us that God is merciful, omniscient, wise and provides for all that we need.