Read Proverbs Chapter 1
The book of Proverbs is one of our favorites at the Higueros’ home. We started a new tradition that we call “Proverb of the week” where each one of us will pick one verse once a week from the book and share it with everyone as we’re getting ready for bed. We also try memorizing it and have fun in the process. We learn so much from it and we can’t really escape all the wisdom that Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived, shares with us in this book.
For the next 31 posts, I’ll be sharing some amazing wisdom that comes straight from the book of Proverbs.
The first thing we must understand is that Wisdom isn’t learned and put into action right away. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Yes, I’ve read this book over and over again, yet that doesn’t mean I’ve followed every single thing that I’ve learned. This book is full of instruction and practical ways on living a better life. It takes time to start making the right decisions that will lead you to a better place. As Pastor Josh says, “Many people end up somewhere, very few get there on purpose.”
This doesn’t mean that we can’t start making small changes to our everyday life. As we begin reading this book, ask yourself this question: what area of my life needs tweaking? Better yet, pray to God that He will show you the area or areas in your life where you can apply the wisdom that you will learn from this book.
The first set of Proverbs asks us to realize that God is wise. If we respect that, we’ll begin to gain wisdom. Some of us think that if we want it, we can have it—even at the expense of others (Proverbs 1:10-12). This is a destructive and egocentric mindset.
We’ll see in the beginning that it starts talking about “fools.”
Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”
And it continues by instructing us to respect the fact that when we listen to God and do what He teaches us, this will be the best idea in the world.
Imagine someone telling you that they have a 1.5-million dollar house and it’s yours, but all you have to do is move to where this house was built. The catch is moving away, but my guess is that we’d figure out a way to make it happen: go through all the moving headaches, change of states, and then possibly sell and cash in on the profits.
We’d do it because it was worth it.
What we see here is the fool being described as someone who doesn’t think it’s worth it. Maybe God’s wisdom will be uncomfortable because it’s different. Maybe we’ll have to give something up to follow God’s wisdom. The question is this: is it worth it?