Scripture text for Thursday, March 4th, 2010: Proverbs 1:1-4:27
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We have all read about Solomon who was considered the wisest man of his day-as we read through some of his advice in the book of Proverbs, it is very easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of insights. Wisdom comes from the Hebrew term hokmah, which can also be translated as "excellence" or "skill". Throughout Proverbs the idea of being awesome at something moves in and out of the literal-like being a fair judge or parent, to the corresponding moral or spiritual aspect of the advice. For example, in Proverbs 1:8-9 children are instructed to listen to their parents-simple enough to grasp-SO THAT they will be crowned with grace and honor; God’s unmerited favor and praise.
I just love that throughout God’s Word we are given very simple instruction as His children. He does not hide what He wants from us. He is not a fickle parent that is changed and motivated by His moods. Proverbs, with all its wise counsel, gives us a clear picture of how we should behave at home, work, in the world, and most importantly, in our hearts. Just as the Old Testament law and Proverbs give us practical advice on how to live a life pleasing to Him, the New Testament fulfills His law perfectly through Jesus. Proverbs is not just another book of rules-it’s God’s best thoughts on how to draw us to Himself. When He says "don’t do that, do this instead", He’s really saying, please don’t do this, you’ll hurt yourself, and that’s not my plan for you. Live by His Word and you will live a life that is pleasing to Him, you’ll be crowned with grace and honor!!
Devotion prepared by Becky Wellner