Solomon gave us an enormous amount of wisdom in Proverbs but it’s in such small, short statements that I find it hard to make sure I’m absorbing it – not just reading it and moving on. I want God’s Word to soak into my life – changing and transforming me.
One of the many things I like about the Chronological Daily Bible I read through every year is the proverbs are grouped by subject matter. This helps me slow down and consider the overall message God is giving me about each topic.
For example, God talks to us often in Proverbs about the actions of fools versus the actions of the wise. This list highlights the temperament of each. As I read them and think about them, I see these comparisons:
The fool –
*gets annoyed quickly.
*shows their insecurities through their quick temper.
*jumps in on mean and evil schemes.
*stirs up conflict and commits many sins.
*wants to control other people.
*hasn’t learned their lesson so don’t rescue them. You’ll just have to rescue them again.
The wise –
*respects and honors God, avoiding thoughts and actions that aren’t consistent with God’s Word.
*does not encourage conflict, calms a quarrel.
*has self control.
*does not make friends with hot-tempered people.
*does not associate with those who are easily angered.
God is pointing out us that the wise are involved in the world around them while maintaining a focus on living out the word of God. They are not quick-tempered because they have self control. They don’t ignore quarrels, they calm them. And they don’t regularly hangout with hotheads.
Take an honest look – which list do you see yourself on?
Please help me be wise, Abba Father.