Saturday, December 17, 2011

Proverbs 30

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 30. 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?)

  • This chapter in Proverbs are quotes from a person named Agur. Not much is known of him but he had some wise sayings.
  • He starts out by saying that he’s not a wise person and no one can fully know or understand God. This is the beginning of being wise; knowing the source of wisdom is God.
  • Then Agur had two things he asked from God; to keep him from lying and to only give him enough money for his needs. He didn’t want to be rich because then he feared he might forget his need for God. He also didn’t want to be poor so he would be tempted to steal from others. This perspective of money showed great humility and wisdom.\
  • Agur also has these series of sayings that are interesting and show the depth of his self-discovery. Agur was a person who looked for wisdom and understanding of how everything worked and was connected.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • The main thing to remember from today isn’t Agur’s clever wisdom comparisons. Instead, we would do well to remember that the only source for true wisdom is God. We can search for knowledge and wisdom everywhere else but we’ll never be satisfied until we turn to the originator and keeper of all wisdom.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Do you have a serious decision to make soon? Ask God to help you strive for his wisdom in your decisions.