Saturday, October 8, 2011

Proverbs 23

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 23. 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?)

  • In this chapter, we frequently read about the importance of gaining wisdom and why you should refrain from striving your whole life just to accumulate money.
  • In verse 9 we’re warned not to waste our time talking to someone who’s foolish because they will ignore your advice anyway. We all know someone like this and we’ve all been this person at times too.
  • Parents are also advised to discipline their children. The author says that if we, as parents, discipline our children then we will save them from death. This is always hard for parents. It’s a balance between love and discipline.
  • The author closes this chapter out by warning against drunkenness. The Bible doesn’t say alcohol is bad in and of itself. However, there are multiple times that we’re told to keep away from drunks and not to abuse alcohol ourselves. Everyone is different; some people have such an addictive personality that they shouldn’t partake in it at all. The bottom line is, there are very few “benefits” from alcohol and countless negatives. This is why we’re warned so often about it in the Bible.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • No one ever “accidentally” became wise. Wisdom is something we should work for and pray for God to help us gain. 
  • Our roles as parents may be the most important role we ever have on earth. The key is a careful balance between love and discipline.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Do you “strive” to gain wisdom? Or do you just hope you will be wise one day? 
  • Are you a parent? Do you have a difficult time getting your children to obey? Do you have a difficult time knowing at what level to discipline? There are tons of great books out there to help guide us in parenting. Ask a parent you respect to give you advice.