READING: Proverbs 1
Proverbs is an immensely practical and specific book that challenges us to pursue wisdom in each area of everyday life. It counsels us to depend on and order our ways before God in our relationships with our spouse, children, work, friends, and neighbors, and it encourages us to develop a godly character that will become evident in our speech, our use of money and time, and the decisions we make.
The purpose of Proverbs is expressly given in 1:2–6. This book was collected first to impart moral insight and astuteness (1:2a, 3–5), and second to help the reader develop mental ability and understanding (1:2b, 6). The theme of this book is captured in 1:7: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Lord, may I respond to wisdom’s call and avoid folly’s enticement. I want to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity so that I will walk in prudence and discernment.
Meditation passage: verses 2–7