Proverbs: The Book Of Learning What Wisdom Is And The Understanding Of Its Meaning
The book of Proverbs was written by Solomon early in his reign as King; in the later chapters, Solomon received help from Agur and Lemuel in finishing the book. Solomon’s intention was to make people aware of how to recognize the wisdom and find a perfect understanding of all God’s works and wonders; how to obey his commands and continually pray to our Father God every day; to praise God’s name and bring glory to Him.
You will find the insights throughout these scriptures are amazing; it seems as you read each section of scripture, (in the Bible known as couplets, which simply mean two or more lines of verse usually connected by rhyme) you gain a broader knowledge of the words that Solomon actually spoke, thus gaining an understanding of the message and wisdom to interpret that message. As stated in:
Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
In this verse you are point blank told that if you have wisdom you will also have the understanding of that wisdom for they come from the same place.
The next verse has a little different message; in this one, the Lord is saying that to fear (the word fear in referencing God and Jesus means to submit to Them; to obey Their commands; to be in awe of Them) Him is the beginning of knowledge; but the ones who are still in a sin-nature mindset will not even be open to gaining knowledge because they hate being taught anything.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Take a look back at your life, and you’ll discover how many people you know who walk entirely away from the teaching of the Lord; they just don’t want anything to do with God and all His goodness and loving-kindness you receive every minute of every day; the sin-natured mindset humans can only see the things on this earth that they “think” make them happy. I recently read a confession from a man who found that his burdens were so heavy they were weighing down every step of his life, until that is, he found that God could take away all the anger, hatred, and chains of sin that had him bound. After his confession and repentance, he went on to lead a loving, happy life walking with Jesus and feeling the love and blessings that our Master and coming King offers us.
We take little acknowledgment of the fact that God is always near and working on your behalf. He protects you from danger and in the book of Proverbs, gives you advice and warnings of things that are to come and how to avoid them, for instance:
Proverbs 4: 1-3 My children, listen when your father corrects you. Pay attention and learn good judgment, for I am giving you good guidance. Don’t turn away from my instructions. For I, too, was once my father’s son, tenderly loved as my mother’s only child.
God is your almighty Father and there is none like Him. He walks with you; He protects you when you’re in danger; He provides for you when you need sustenance; there is nothing He can’t or won’t do for you if you only ask Him. God values “humans” as His most precious creations in all of heaven and earth.
Proverbs 4:4-11 My father taught me, “Take my words to heart. Follow my commands, and you will live. Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you. She will place a lovely wreath on your head; she will present you with a beautiful crown.” My child, — listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life.
King Solomon was attempting to get across to people that wisdom is one of the most important things you can acquire. By utilizing your wisdom, you can unlock the understanding of some of heaven’s secrets; by allowing yourself to learn and answer to the wisdom you have locked up within you, you will be able to leap mountains. Follow the lead of King Solomon, the only thing you need to ask God for is “wisdom;” it will encompass understanding and then you will have it all.
Proverbs 6:12-19 What are worthless and wicked people like? They are constant liars, signaling their deceit with a wink of the eye, a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers. Their perverted hearts plot evil, and they constantly stir up trouble. But they will be destroyed suddenly, broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing. There are six things the Lord Hates—no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.
The above scripture tells you exactly what God thinks of very unproductive people, those who are lazy; liars; haughty or think they are better than others; don’t share their excessive possessions with those who are in need and so much more. The type of people mentioned above are completely into themselves; they only think about themselves; only buy “things” for themselves and don’t care at all about people that may need help with getting food, clothing, a roof over their head, or a warm bed to sleep in. You will usually find that Satan is hard at work in those people.
How would you feel if you met someone who you knew didn’t have any food, no warm coat or blanket to cover with; no roof over their heads; that they had to sleep on the ground with a box to cover them? Would you just pass them by and say to yourself, “oh, they’d rather use what money they get for drugs or booze than to get a place to live and a job.” Or “they make more money begging than we do working, so why should I give them my hard-earned money?” How do you know that, what do you know about that person’s life? Ask yourself what you would do if everything you had were pulled out from under you at the same time. What would you do if your house was taken away, your family left you, you lost your job, and so many other things that could happen. What then, what would you do? Think about that for a while and then look back at the man laying on the street and give him a second chance; even a prayer for him; a warm blanket; a hot meal; wouldn’t God do that for you?
Don’t become one of those individuals that God detests, do your best to better yourself with continual prayer and supplication. Ask God for “wisdom” to conquer those feelings of indifference when you come across someone who is less fortunate than you. Offer what you can, even an earnest prayer to God for the improvement of circumstances in that person’s life. Don’t just walk by and say “there’s nothing I can do about it!” There is most definitely something you can do, even in the smallest light, pray for them!
Read the book of Proverbs and follow and use all “the truths,” “understanding of God’s instructions,” and all the “wisdom” it has to offer you.
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