Proverbs is an extremely practical and specific book that challenges us to pursue Wisdom in each area of everyday life. It counsels us to depend upon God in our relationships with our wives, children, work, friends and neighbors. It also encourages us to develop a godly character that is evident in our speech, our use of money and time and our decision-making process. These maxims are concise and practical: read them slowly and carefully with an eye toward bringing your behavior in line with God’s common-sense directives and divine will.
A Simple Daily Bible Study for Men - No other book of the Bible offers as much practical Wisdom for everyday life than the Books of Proverbs, which was written mostly by King Solomon, the wisest man on earth. Because there are 31 Chapters in this book, you can read one a day almost every month. For work, relationships, personal decisions, and pleasing God, this booklet is the one to carry with you and in your heart. This is a critical resource for the seekers of Wisdom. The truth we learn is about seeds that are planted in us by God that must be cultivated so that we fulfill the kingdom of God’s purpose for our lives.
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An amazing Dream
When Solomon became king, he realized the enormity of his task. The Lord appeared to Solomon one night in a dream, and promised to give him anything he asked for. Imagine receiving that promise from God! But Solomon had a proper perspective on his task as ruler over Israel. Rather than asking God for tangible blessings like health, wealth or victory over his enemies, Solomon asked God for “a discerning heart to govern (the) people and to distinguish between right and wrong” (1Kings 3:9)
God was pleased to grant Solomon’s unselfish request and told him, “I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for----both riches and honor---so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings” (3:12-13). God further told Solomon that if he walked in God’s ways and obeyed his laws, God would grant him a long life.(3:14).
This was no ordinary dream. It was God speaking to Solomon. And the Lord did as promised. Solomon became the wisest man that ever lived. People came from all over the world to visit him and to listen to “the Wisdom God had put in his heart” (10:24).
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An example of Solomon’s Wisdom – A Wise Ruling (1 Kings 3:16-28)
Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. One of them said, "My Lord, this woman and I live in the same house. I had a baby while she was there with me. The third day after my baby was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us.
“During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him. So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast. The next morning, I got up to nurse my son ---and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I borne.”
The other woman said, “No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours.”
But the first one insisted, “No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine.” And so they argued before the King.
The king said, “This one says,” My son is alive and your son is dead,” while that one says, “No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.”
Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. He then gave an order: Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”
The woman whose son was alive was filled with compassion for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!”
But the other said. “. Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!” Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him: she is his mother.”
When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.
IMPORTANT HEBREW DEFINITIONS:
Fear - (yi-ah) Means to Revere, to hold in Awe, to be afraid of.
God's Name - (El Shaddai) "God Almighty"; He is the Omnipotent One who reigns.
Knowledge - (yada) is used for the general sense of knowing certain information and facts, of learning skills, of having insights into certain matters, the word also has moral implications of knowing good from evil.
Wisdom - (kakam) means to be skillfull in understanding life's problem and know how to solve them.
Fool - (evyl) pronounced "ev-eel" refers to one who is evil, the one who says "I don't need God".
Ed Mc Clements, ChFC, MSFS, CLU.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.
And Knowledge of the Holy One is Understanding.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge but fools despise Wisdom and Instructions.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed.
1 John 1:5
God is Light, in Him there is no Darkness at all.
In the way of the righteous there is life; along that path is immortality.