Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 15 - Proverbs 9

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 9. 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 proverb, wisdom is described as a woman who takes care of her household and welcomes in people in the city to find protection and nourishment in her home. 
  • Folly is seen as a woman who is unrefined and only reaches out to the dimwitted. These people are unaware they are walking into their grave. 
  • The writer of this proverb is using everyday images to describe wisdom in appealing ways. It is interesting how many different ways the author does this in the book of Proverbs.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The world is full of opportunities to pursue folly. Gaining wisdom requires intentionality and intimacy with God. 
  • When facing situations in which we need Godly guidance, we shouldn't just ask anyone for advice -- that would be reaching out to the "dimwitted." Instead, we should surround ourselves with wise and Godly people.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Who are Godly people that you can consult about a decision you need to make? Maybe it's a friend from church, a fellow volunteer, or someone in your Verve Group. Ask to meet with them, explain what you're facing, and invite them into your process as you seek God's guidance.