Day 47: Everyday Wisdom

Today’s reading: Proverbs 1-10, Psalm 71

Today we enter the book of Proverbs, a collection of pithy sayings attributed to King Solomon. You’ll remember from a previous reading that his one request of God as he began his reign was for wisdom (1 Kings 3:9). Shortly after, we are told that he composed 3000 proverbs (1 Kings 4:32), so it’s not surprising that he gets the credit for this book rich with golden nuggets.

In our first day of reading Proverbs, two things become clear. First, this collection of sayings touches on all aspects of our everyday, ordinary lives. No subject is too mundane or taboo to be excluded from our consideration. In fact, the subject that gets more attention than any in the opening chapters is one that people most often prefer to keep private–their sexual lives. Chapter 5 is a powerful appeal to remain faithful, grateful, and joyful in the relationship with one’s spouse. We are exhorted to seek wisdom in every way (the word occurs 23 times today) so that we might not fall into a variety of pitfalls and traps that could damage us and others.

Second, undergirding the collection is the belief that a solid relationship with God is the path to the wisdom we need. One of the most often quoted verses from Proverbs  accentuates this idea:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Here’s hoping that as you read the book of Proverbs these three days, you’ll find a treasure trove of Godly wisdom buried in its pages.

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2 Responses to Day 47: Everyday Wisdom

  1. Robin says:

    In my opinion….this is the only “Self-Help” book one needs!

  2. Reading the Proverbs as part of this continuous reading of the Bible makes me think that King Solomon should’ve have remembered his own proverbs at several points of his own life. Which also reminds us that we are not infallible. And, that we cannot judge others, as we learned from Job’s three “friends.” We all need to keep these proverbs handy…

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