Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Proverbs and Wisdom

Good Evening to All!

Thank you for being understanding about last night. If you've been on twitter or Facebook, I'm sure you've already read it, but my Pastor, Bro. Hardin is coming home tomorrow! Yay! His TEE test came out clear, and there are no clots around his heart and no valve damage! God is so wonderful! The doctors never did find out what caused the 2 strokes though. ( He had one right before Christmas, but our little hospital didn't know what it was. Anyway, he had an exact same attack the other day and Austin diagnosed it as a stroke. Therefore, he has had 2 strokes within 2 months. Not a good average. Anyway, he's coming home and that's all that matters!

I cleaned Dr. Calhoun's house today and this is quite a large feat, my back has been giving me fits since I got home. I wasn't even able to go to church because I hurt so bad, so needless to say, this is going to probably be a fairly short post. Hopefully tomorrow, I can get myself straightened out and back to normal.

What I would like to do for tonight is to begin to look at one of my Favorite books in the Bible, which is Proverbs. I love this book because it is not about history, it is not poetry, but what it is is a guide. to living a fruitful life.

Solomon wrote Proverbs and began this collection to help the reader to acquire a prudent and disciplined life doing what is just and fair.

The Truth Proverbs teaches:

Attaining Wisdom and Gaining Understanding

Wisdom is the principal thing: Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding (4:7) exhorts Solomon. Wisdom is knowing the truth and how to apply it to any given situation. understanding is knowledge seasoned and modified by wisdom and insight. The words wisdom or wise and understanding occur over 140 times in Proverbs.

Action Proverbs Invites:
4: 5-9 Prioritize wisdom. Seek after and cherish understanding. Accept that knowledge without wisdom and understanding is futile.

9:10 Pursue the "fear" (respect) of the Lord, reproofs, (disapproval), instruction, advice and humility. Know that from these come wisdom and understanding.

2:1-6 Apply your heart, pay attention and turn your ear to wisdom and understanding. Understand that you must embrace them both, not just know about them.

3:13-18,21-26, 8:12-21 Embrace wisdom and follow after understanding Know that patience, discernment, favor, prosperity, safety, and other benefits will result.

Years ago, when I was just starting to get serious about my relationship with God, I tried to "be a good Christian" and read the Bible for a certain amount of time each day. I found myself skimming through it rather than reading, because they were just words to me. I didn't "study and get involved in the passages enough so that it would be interesting. I finally got some other books that would give me insight into each book, then I would open my Bible and it just totally blew me away the way that placing myself in the passage made it so interesting. Since then, I have found new ways to gain wisdom into what I was reading. If I pray and ask God to open my understanding, everything is a lot clearer when I read it. I get a deeper meaning of what I read each time.

This is the first of 5 Truths and Actions about the book of Proverbs. I would go into all of them, but I can't sit up any longer. I will continue this tomorrow.

Good Night to All and May God Bless!



Diane Webb said...

Thank you for sharing and I hope you feel better soon. Keep us posted on the progress of your friend who had a stroke. God Bless you today.

Anonymous said...

Oh I'm glad he's coming home!!!

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