Sunday, February 23, 2020

February 23 - Proverbs 8

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 8. 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?)
  • The author of this proverb writes from a first-person perspective of “wisdom.” It’s interesting to think of wisdom as a person calling out to us, giving us the chance to converse with her. 
  • The voice of wisdom tells us that her fruit is better than fine gold. Then she says she walks in the way of righteousness. 
  • In verse 22, wisdom says, “the Lord brought me forth as the first of his works... appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.”
  • Wisdom closes by telling us whoever finds her, finds life. But whoever fails to find her harms themselves.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • It’s sobering (and kind of cool) to think that God created wisdom before any other part of creation. 
  • We have this opportunity to seek and to interact with this “first of creation.”
  • Wisdom is more than a magic formula to money, success or fame. Wisdom is the comfort of knowing what is the right move when maybe no one else does. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you seek after wisdom like a long lost friend? Do you value a “relationship” with wisdom?
  • In what areas of your life right now do you need more wisdom? Ask God to help you find His wisdom in those areas.