This might sound like an infomercial, but guess the answer to this anyway. What brings blessing, more profit than silver, better returns than gold, is more precious than rubies and comes with long life, riches, honor, pleasant ways and peaceful paths?
Wisdom. And understanding. Proverbs 3:13-18 NIV.
I love Proverbs 3. It’s one of my favorites. The chapter starts with “My son, never forget…” In verses 7 and 8 I am told one thing to “never forget” is if I trust him with all my heart, not leaning on my understanding but acknowledging him in all my ways, he will make my paths straight.
To help me “never forget,” I’ll zero in on the verse that captures my attention and read it through a few times. Then I get out my journal and copy it word for word, forcing my busy brain to slow down and savor what I’m learning. It’s like chewing a delicious meal slowly, trying to discern the different seasonings. Sure enough, I often find a thought or word-for-the-day that was just what I needed to hear. Other times it gets stored inside me to give me unseen benefits.
As you read through this chapter, what verses catch your eye–or your heart?
by Kathy Sheldon Davis
I went to see The Hobbit movie two nights ago with my family. Some of the verses in today’s reading from Proverbs 2 make me think of the slimy, evil orcs that “walk in dark ways,” and the smaller folk that bravely proceed on their quest anyway.
But even more I’m seeing a familiar image, like one I saw in the first chapter yesterday; wisdom as a woman raising her voice in warning to those who reject instruction, knowledge, and advice. Chapter 2 looks similar. A parent instructs the child, “…and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:3-5 NIV.
Wisdom is calling out in chapter one, and in chapter two I’m admonished to do the calling out. Maybe this speaks to me because I’m normally an introvert, a quiet person, kind of like a hobbit. But seriously, I’ve got to go on a search for wisdom like I need its hidden treasures desperately–because I do need them desperately. Many verses in chapter two talk about the difficulties and death that lie in the path. Wisdom will help me stay close to the One who “… guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.” (verse 8)
I hope you’re reading along with me. You’re sure to find nuggets of treasure that I’m passing by. Leave a comment if you like, and join me tomorrow for chapter three on January 3.
“… and find the knowledge of God.”
“Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech…”
“…but whoever listens to me (wisdom) will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
Proverbs 1: 20-21 and 33 NIV
These verses make me think of Wisdom being a matronly woman, perhaps dressed like the Statue of Liberty, calling to anyone who’ll listen to come and learn. This image contrasts with my misperception that wisdom is hard to find, or at least hard to acquire. She’s not hiding from me, she’s trying to get my attention. She’s working to give me what I seek, even to the point of yelling. That’s why I want to study a few verses from every chapter in Proverbs this month.
Wisdom will come to my mind if I just hang out with her. I’m going to listen and think hard on what I’m hearing. It’ll be so good!
by Kathy Sheldon Davis