The definition of smart is to be good at learning, having intelligence, and showing good judgment. So how does someone acquire smartness? The Bible says Solomon’s wisdom couldn’t be beat, so let’s learn from him. Here’s what the introduction to his collection of proverbs says.
“The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth.” (Proverbs 1:1-4 ESV).
For the next few months I will be highlighting a proverb here, a saying there, from the book of Proverbs and posting it here on my blog. Feel free to comment if you wish.
Last year in January I covered a chapter a day for 31 days, the number of chapters contained in the entire book. This year I’ll take it slower. I will occasionally refer to last years’ postings, but the thoughts will be fresh for this season.
“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles” (verses 5-6 ESV).
Let’s keep learning from these wonderful sayings. We’re bound to find good fruit from the time spent.
“…the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17 ESV).
By Kathy Sheldon Davis