Sunday, September 17, 2017

September 17 - Proverbs 1

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 1. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Today we start the book of Proverbs, which is chock full of bite-size wisdom.
  • In this first chapter, the main point is that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” The word "fear" here does not mean being scared, but showing reverence and respect. 
  • Verses 8 and 9 warn us to remember the things we learned from our parents.
  • Verses 10-19 teach us to not intentionally set out to hurt people.
  • The rest of Proverbs 1 reads as if wisdom itself were calling out to us.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Instead of seeking wisdom or knowledge for the sake of being wiser or smarter, we should seek God alone. If we focus on God as our main priority, He will equip us with the wisdom and knowledge we need. Putting God above everything else is part of the healthy "fear" we should have.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Do you value wisdom, knowledge, or anything else more than knowing God? If so, today is the day you can rearrange your priorities. Instead of trying to gain experience or move up the corporate ladder or make yourself superior to others, start spending more time with God:
    • Read the Bible for a few more minutes each day.
    • When you're tempted to climb over someone else in your pursuit of other things, step back and remember that God is more important.
    • Ask God to show you what changes you need to make to keep Him as the One you want most.