Mo 5/30Tu 5/31We 6/1Th 6/2Fr 6/3Sa 6/4Su 6/5
Prov. 5–8
(Prov. 5; 8)
Prov. 9–12
(Prov. 9; 10)
Prov. 13–16
(Prov. 13; 15)
Prov. 17–20
(Prov. 18; 19)
Flex dayProv. 21–24
(Prov. 22; 23)
2 Chron. 2–3
1 Kings 5–6
(2 Chron 2–3)

(Abbreviated plan readings in parentheses)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

This week we get to read most of the book of Proverbs. It’s a book about wisdom, but what is wisdom, exactly?

The Hebrew word translated as “wisdom” is the same word translated as “skill” elsewhere in the Old Testament. Back in Exodus 31, for example, we read that God equipped Bezalel, Oholiab, and others with great “skill” (or, “wisdom”) in various crafts and trades so that they could “skillfully” (“wisely”) design and build the Tabernacle.

But Proverbs doesn’t teach us how to be a goldsmith or a carpenter. Rather, it teaches us the wisdom that is skill for godly living (which, incidentally, does apply to being a goldsmith or a carpenter).

Here are some important lessons from Proverbs which help us understand how to be skilled in godly living:

  • The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. This doesn’t mean that we start with the fear of the LORD and then move beyond it. It means that the foundation and source of all true wisdom is the fear of God.
  • Wisdom is gained through practice and experience. When it comes to learning a trade, there is no substitute for putting in thousands of hours of practice. You can read books, you can watch people, but unless you do it, you will not become truly skilled. So it is with godliness.
  • Wisdom is learned from those who are wiser. Just like an apprentice might learn woodworking, painting, or machining from a skilled expert, so we best grow in wisdom when we spend time with, ask questions of, and model our lives after those who are wiser than we are. An essential part of that is being willing to humbly receive correction and rebuke.

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,

And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

—Proverbs 9:10

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Praise God for His great wisdom.
  • Confession – Confess specific ways that you have leaned on your own understanding rather than trusting in the LORD (Prov. 3:5).
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God for men and women He has put in your life to be godly examples to you.
  • Supplication – “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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