Prayer for the day
Happy are they whom you choose and draw to your courts to dwell there! they will be satisfied by the beauty of your house, by the holiness of your temple.
Scripture for the day
I love the Proverbs. I’m also a little wary of the Proverbs. I’m wary of them because often people treat Proverbs as promises, when at their core, Proverbs are ways of telling general truths, teaching things that are usually the case, rather than concrete pronouncements of the future.
In the opening statement of the book of Proverbs, we read what the purpose of these Proverbs truly is: instruction. The Proverbs are intended to be a guide, statements that help the person seeking to live a righteous life to do so successfully. The writer then launches into what will truly begin (and complete) the life of righteousness: the fear of the Lord. That is not the “I’m-so-afraid-of-God-I’ll-do-whatever-so-I-don’t-get-squashed” kind of fear, but rather a fear that is in awe of the incredible majesty and power (and love and compassion!) of God, that recognizes how great God is and stands in respectful reverence.
This, says the writer, is the beginning of wisdom.
The writer of Proverbs then continues to tell the listeners about the nature of this wisdom. Wisdom becomes a character in the book of Proverbs, someone to whom we come willingly and who we follow gladly, if we truly seek to follow God.
Paul doesn’t mention this lady Wisdom directly in his conversation with the Corinthians, but he does speak about what the life of Wisdom looks like in the followers and disciples he’s had the joy to work with in the ministry. He commends those who have lived according to her statutes to the Corinthians, praising their obedience and diligence. He speaks of the outworkings of wisdom in the life of the believer.
May we live lives worthy of commendation as well, committed to following the wisdom of God in all things.