THe whole reason for this monthly challenge can be summed up here.Proverbs 1:2-6 said:2. for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;
3. for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair;
4. for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young--
5. let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--
6. for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
Wisdom is something you want to value before you need it or else when you find yourself in need of it, it may be too late.Proverbs 1:24-27 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
...and that wisdom and knowledge comes from God. When you are walking with God, while life may not be smooth, there will be a peace knowing that you are exactly where God wants you to be.Proverbs 2: 10 For wisdom will enter your mind, and knowledge will delight your heart.
Not just removed. Torn from the land. They are not going to want to go (who would? Wait, I want to leave because I know I'll be going to a better place, anyway, back on subject)Proverbs 2:22 said:22. but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.
There is nothing that exists outside of God's eyes and intents so it's important to make sure you honor Him in all that you do, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. Even the littlest thing may be something He is using to guide your path and if you miss it you might end up wandering astray.Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Sounds kind of messy, but having an over abundance also means I can help others who were not as blessed as I was.Proverbs 3: 10 said:10. then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
I love these verses. In our dining room, we have a tapestry of these verses. It shows a girl crossing over a dangerous bridge, but also showing that if she trusts God, then she will be okay, even on the difficult road.Proverbs 3: 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding;
6 think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you on the right paths.
I keep thinking of all these great sports "heroes" and how they have all stumbled, (latest = That golfer dude) and it makes me wonder if part of it is because they have not held onto Wisdom and sought understanding as we should... Because if you are busy with your mind on a certain goal, its hard to get side tracked...Proverbs 4:12 said:12. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
It's not enough to just get wisdom. We have to make sure to keep it, too, not end up forgetting, ignoring, or turning away from any of it along the way. We have to push beyond the level of just having the knowledge to ensure we really incorporate it into our lives.Proverbs 4:6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
Oh, it's a contest now, is it?Also... WOO! First one for a change on a day!
Too many people, even after they get saved, spend their lives unhappily hiding in the dark because they haven't come to terms with the fact that nothing escapes His eyes. They either think that they can hide stuff from Him that they don't yet want to change, or that there's things He hasn't found out about yet that will change how He feels about them. Neither are true, and while it may be a scary thing to really accept that, life becomes much simpler and happier when you do.Proverbs 5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
First off, I want to point out that from here on out, Solomon spends a lot of his time warning against the adulteress... Makes you wonder if he wrote some of these before or after his fall from grace?Proverbs 5:3 said:3.For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;