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.