Sunday, January 23, 2011

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 so cool because it is the things a father should be teaching his sons, things such as the value of wisdom and to live a pure life.
  • The writer of this proverb tells his son that “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.”
  • Isn’t it interesting that this father tells his sons to get wisdom even if it cost you everything.
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. It is a strange dichotomy to live in really. We are told to value money or prestige more than wisdom but an employer looks for it 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. This is advice all parents should instill into their children but these truths apply to us all really.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • How about you, do you value wisdom? Or are you willing to just “get ahead” without taking the time to gain wisdom? Would you be willing to take a slower route to get to where you want to be if it means gaining wisdom along the way?
  • Do you guard your heart? What has it costs you in the past when you did not guard your heart so well? What steps are you taking to ensure you do not make the same mistakes?

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