Proverbs 1 – August 1

CC Image courtesy of Dean Hochman on Flickr.

CC Image courtesy of Dean Hochman on Flickr.

Proverbs 1
Author: Rob Anderson

“My son, if sinners entice you,
do not consent.” (Proverbs 1.10, ESV)

Raising children is not for the faint of heart. It is just hard work.

What may make it especially hard is that you spend all of the time and energy you can to do they things you know best to do, only to have to let your child walk out the door and walk down the street where Ladies Wisdom and Folly are crying out for his or her attention.

Your work is done; it is up to that child.

Suddenly, the words of the Proverb writer make a lot of sense. We earnestly pray: Son, Daughter—do not go the way of sinners. It is your choice now, but please, please make it a good one.

By the way, it makes sense for parents, too. Maybe we should write it on our bathroom mirror as follows:

[Your Name Here], if sinners entice you, don’t do it!

Proverbs 1 – July 1

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Adaptation of CC Image courtesy of Swire on Flickr.

Proverbs 1
Author: Rob Anderson

As we begin out second time through the book of Proverbs, we gain a deeper understanding of some of the instructions we have read.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

For instance, when the writer of Proverbs writes the verse above, we are reminded of a couple of things.

First, in a book full of wisdom and guidance, it is those who are, well, foolish who ignore what is written. Truthfully, we have heard the advice given in Proverbs before, yet we still find ways to ignore their application. Wise words matter little when they are simply ink on a page. When we begin to live our lives centered on these words, it is then that we take on the characteristics of God.

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This is the second thing that I am reminded of. God is the one behind all of these words. He is not only the “beginning of knowledge,” but also the one who gives us that very knowledge in the first place. If we seek to live a “good life,” as the writers of wisdom might say, we cannot do so without first looking to God. A good life does not come without first an understanding of the reign of God in this world.

What about you? When you hear that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, what wise words come to mind? How do you ensure these words are not just spilled ink?

Proverbs 1 – June 1

Proverbs 1
Author: Jim Brewer

Image by Melvin Gaal

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When you look at Proverbs 1, right away you begin to hear the echoes from Moses’ instruction in Deuteronomy 6 as the people of Israel prepared to navigate life in the Promised Land: “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One…” In Proverbs 1:5, 8, 23 and 33 God’s people are urged to “listen” to these proverbs.  As any teacher, parent, or counselor is aware, just hearing something, knowing something, even memorizing something doesn’t mean you are prepared for life. And so here in the first chapter is the repeated call to “listen.” The writer concludes with the two ways you will approach this proverb and all proverbs: a contrast between the way of those who won’t be taught and the way of those who “listen.”