Wisdom: Understanding Proverbs

These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. (Proverbs 1:1-7 NLT)

An introduction to the Proverbs here gives us the details of who wrote these proverbs and what their purpose is. It is clearly stated that they are purposes to to help the reader understand what wisdom and discipline looks like. There is a big focus on self-discipline throughout the Proverbs as well as insights into the importance of wisdom in our lives.

Think about it like the child who steals the cookie from the cookie jar before dinner. The parent has to train and teach the child wisdom for the decision he or she made rather than just telling the child you can’t have a cookie before dinner.

Wisdom and knowledge that God gives through Solomon’s proverbs is designed to help you in making decisions and choices. He wants to guide you and coach you to a successful life in Christ fulfilled by wisdom. He has empowered us to make our own choices of how to live just like a child has the choice to take the cookie before dinner. But God wants to be the parent that teaches his children to look ahead and use wisdom and discernment in their decision-making.

So may The Lord teach you through this Proverbs Series and allow you to see and know the value of wisdom in your life. And may you discipline yourself to a fulfilling life in Christ.


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