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Proverbs : A Good Summer Read

Wisdom is the ability to avoid life’s pitfalls and reap life’s blessings.  Through the book of Proverbs, God coaches us in the wisdom we need to navigate well this often confusing, complex and difficult life.  In Proverbs, we find ancient wisdom from long human experience and the inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit.  This is truly wisdom from heaven.

What is the PURPOSE of the book of Proverbs?  Here is what the opening passage from the book reveals:

“These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise.

Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.

These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.

Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.  Let those with understanding receive guidance,  by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles.

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

Here are some classic maxims from Proverbs for your rumination today.

"A generous [person] will prosper...”  11:25a
“[The one] who seeks good, finds goodwill...”  11:27a
“...whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”  14:31b
“The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.”  15:3
“If a [person] pays back evil for good, evil will never leave [their] house.”  17:13
“[The one] who answers before listening – that is to [their] folly and shame.”  18:13
Looking for a good book to read this summer?  Read the book of Proverbs.  Thirty one chapters packed with ancient wisdom that will impact your life if lived out!  Trust me, I have read this book about twenty times and I find fresh nuggets of moral and spiritual gold every time.    - Phil Gunther, DM

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