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“Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wisdom is not just about having an abundance of knowledge but the ability to simplify and effectively apply that knowledge in a meaningful manner. The Book of Proverbs is the guide – GPS – to a better me, to a better you. Not only as a Christian but also as a citizen of this world, we have a personal and spiritual responsibility to pursue wisdom and understanding: to be a beacon of Light to our family, friends, and everyone else.
The first two verses of Proverbs set the tone for the rest of the book. In addition to introducing the purpose of the proverbs, the passage establishes its authority by naming one of the wisest men in human history: “The proverbs of Solomon, Son of David, King of Israel.” Furthermore, the passage invokes the name of King David, who is respected for a number of reasons:
- Military conquests
- Established Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
- Composed many of the psalms in the Book of Psalms
- Described as a man after God’s heart
- Central figure in the lineage of Jesus, our Savior
And the teachings of Jesus Christ are steeped in wisdom providing guidance for all who are seeking to live a meaningful and purposeful life.
Again, Proverbs 1:1 indicates that the Book of Proverbs is a compilation of insightful guidance and discipline, providing practical advice to live a life that honors our heavenly Father, God. Thus, Proverbs 1:2 specifically calls on us to seek out wisdom and understanding and to make the acquisition of these qualities a priority in our lives. Please note that the wisdom referred to in this verse is not just practical knowledge or good judgment, but rather, it is a gift from God that helps us navigate the challenges of life and make decisions that honor Him – and bless our loved ones.
In conclusion, let us, together, accept the call to action and seek the Lord’s wisdom and understanding by always being open to the truth in the Book of Proverbs.
Question: The word “guidance” is likable; however, the word “discipline” tends to be an unlikable word – how can we ensure that we remain open to both the instructions and corrections of the Lord in Proverbs?
Loretta Huggins, born and raised in San Francisco, CA, has served in the ministry with her husband, Larry Huggins since 1989: administrator, hostess, event planner, and teacher. She has traveled to eighteen countries. She is the co-founder and co-pastor of ZChurch.