“These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight into the simple knowledge and discernment of the young. Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise, and their riddles.
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:1-7
As we begin our 21 Days of Prayer, I want more from God, not less. My desire for our season of prayer at NewLife is more of God and less of me.
We are about to go on an adventure through the book of Proverbs. I love adventures. I really believe this adventure of reading a Proverb a day, may change the direction of your life. Adventures bring excitement and intrigue. They bring challenges and pitfalls. They expose weaknesses and hidden strengths. Adventures are revealing. And I pray that our adventure through the book of Proverbs will be revealing and yet invigorating.
Proverbs is a book of wisdom. The book is mostly made of wisdom gathered from King Solomon, although there is a collection of sayings taken from other sources as well. Over the next several weeks, we will examine the wisdom in Proverbs. We will see the wisdom of work, friendships, parenting, relationships, money, communication, and education, but every adventure must first have a beginning. Someone has said, “The beginning of knowledge is to understand the awesome power of a holy and righteous God and God’s hatred towards sin. The beginning of knowledge is to fear the Lord as our Judge. It is appointed for a man to die once and then face judgment.” We all will be held accountable for our sins. So how can we be safe in the storm of God’s wrathful judgment? The answer is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ came to be our refuge in the storm by taking our judgment for us on the cross. Jesus has promised us protection from the storm. He died in our place and on the third day rose from the dead and ever lives to intercede for his people to protect us from the wrath to come.
The fear of the Lord is “to turn to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thess. 1:9b-10).
God wants us to live in wisdom. God wants us to live in Christ. Proverbs are really just practical ways we can choose Christ. We choose Christ in our relationships. We choose Christ in our families. We choose Christ in the marketplace. We choose Christ. To study Proverbs is to study how we can live for Christ. There is a purpose in our lives. God wants to use the lives of NewLife gathering to display his glory to the nations.
If you want to live for Jesus in the day-to-day, let us choose wisdom, the wisdom of God. Let us choose Jesus Christ. Spend time praying for God to prepare your heart as we begin these 21 days of prayer. Let the adventure begin.