This is my first post for the “Proverbs Project”. Everyday throughout the month of October I will offer you my heart and my thoughts behind the words and instruction of Proverbs. Please feel free to leave your insight & wisdom, ask questions, criticize me, or anything else you feel comfortable doing. L!VELOVE
God, as I dig in to this book of wisdom, please guide my heart. Holy Spirit, please speak these words of truth and penetrate my heart with them.
I am approaching Your word and the pursuit of Your wisdom at a very raw time in my life. I am experiencing a little bit of everything without whole-heartedly pursuing anything. My lax approach makes things less tense but more confusing. Through the confusion I know that You are drawing my heart and some special hearts that surround me closer to You and the pursuit of Your righteousness.
Solomon’s purpose is that we [I] would know wisdom and instruction and understand words of insight. That we would receive instruction on how to deal wisely in obedience to Gods law, justice and how to treat humanity fairly. That we would take into consideration the interests of the naive and ignorant and lead the spiritually and physically young in knowledge and discretion. If we are wise, we should seek learning and if we understand, we should obtain guidance. That we would understand a proverb, saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. These might be the most powerful words that Solomon has ever written; it is the root to so many of our heart issues…
The next series of “verses” are interesting for me at the moment… Solomon starts by advising his reader to be obedient to the guidance and advice of our parents, I no longer have parents. I mean, sure, there are adults in my life who can and will speak wisdom into my life, however, I will never again receive guidance on how to treat my woman from my mother, or a tip on how to fix something from my father. These are probably not specifically the issues that Solomon had in mind but, they are the issues that I have in mind. He follows the charge for parental obedience up with these words, “do not consent if sinners entice you”. The path of selfish and greedy gain is a bloody mess, where most likely your blood will be the floor covering. This world will take no mercy on you in its pursuit of whatever it chooses to desire at the moment. If you have ever been taken advantage of in anyway, you will fully understand this. The unfortunate thing is that we all have felt these kinds of pain, some of us more often or more intense than others.
We all long for a woman to call. Solomon describes wisdom as a woman who calls from the streets and although we hear her voice, we ignore hear plea. She [wisdom] pleas and pursues the simple [ignorant, stubborn, proud] and the simple ignores until tragedy strikes the foot of the simple and upon the infliction of such pain, the simple turns their ear towards the calling voice of woman wisdom, but her window is closed. It is silly to think that we can pave our own path and turn towards the leading of wisdom to save us from the calamity that she tried to pry our fingers from in the first place. Can we take the knife out of her back without blood flowing like wine at a wedding? No.
This is what we all seek… and yet, we ignore wisdom.
Let us not forget Solomon’s early plea: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. I believe that the journey starts here… after we receive salvation through faith in Jesus Christ that we would fear the Lord and welcome wisdom with open arms.
Thank you for walking these streets with me.
Dennis Alan Gable Jr.