Saturday, September 30, 2017

September 30 - Proverbs 4

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 4. 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?)
  • Proverbs 4 is a letter from a father to his sons. This letter is cool because it highlights the lessons a father should be teaching his sons, lessons such as the value of wisdom and of living a pure life.
  • The writer of this proverb tells his son, “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have...” 
  • The father also writes to his sons; “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Wisdom is something that has little value placed on it by our society, yet we all wish for it and look for it in others. We are told to value money or prestige more than wisdom, but an employer looks for wisdom in an employee even if they call it by another name. Wisdom really is worth the search.
  • This father also tells his sons to guard their hearts. We should avoid situations that may compromise our integrity or purity.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • What steps do you need to take to "guard your heart"? Is there a relationship in your life that could easily become a temptation? Are you toeing the ethical line in a situation at work? Are you deceiving someone? Guarding your heart requires big action, but there's no better day than today to take that action. Cut off communication with the dangerous person (or people) in your life. Come clean about your deceptive behavior. The quicker you end a potentially compromising situation, the easier it will be to guard your heart.