Wisdom is near and available, yet it is not always easy to embrace. Proverbs is one of my favorite books of the Bible. We learn from Proverbs the personality and characteristics God demands for us to possess. I also enjoy it because it can tend to be a challenge. I find myself really digging into it to fully understand the meaning of the proverbs. Proverbs is more than just amazing life advice. It passes us a core knowledge and understanding we must have to live a successful life. Don’t miss out on the small study tip at the end, no peeking!
Without understanding there is no wisdom.
We must truly understand in order to gain any wisdom. I struggled with this concept quiet a bit at the beginning of my walk and still do at times. I was reading my Bible like I knew all Christians were supposed to do but I wasn’t really retaining any of it. Reading and comprehension has never really been a strong suite for me. I began to pray. I prayed not only for wisdom but true understanding of God’s Word. By no means did it happen over night but I started to feel and see a change in myself. I found myself actually studying my Bible, not just reading it. I can’t simply put into words what it feels like when just one small part of scripture that has been unclear, triggers that lightbulb above your head. All scripture is powerful. I hope and pray you know what I’m talking about but if you don’t, be patient, keep trying and pray. It will come.
(5) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; (6) In all ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5&6
Proverbs defines the difference in a wise and foolish man and woman. We need to apply the wise woman attributes to our own role but the other as well. I know, that may or may not have made sense. What I mean is be the wise woman God demands of us but don’t find yourself with a foolish man. We would be here all day if I was to list every attribute in Proverbs and I want you to go look for yourself. I challenge you to go read the book of Proverbs. Even if you’ve read it a million times. A refresher never hurt anyone. Read the entire thing in a day or read one chapter per day. Whatever you choose, be sure to study not just read!
7 Foolish attributes to stay clear of:
These are an abomination to the Lord.
- Shedding innocent blood
- A wicked heart
- Feet quick to evil
- False witness
- Causing discord among brethren
A foolish woman is clamorous; she is simple and knows nothing. Proverbs 9:13
7 Wise attributes to obtain:
- Treasure God’s commands
- Apply not only your mind but also your heart
- Be a constant companion
- Be a trusted guide
- Keep to the paths of righteousness
- Retain wisdom
- Be the crown of your husband
For wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. Proverbs 8:11
Study Tip – As your study through Proverbs note the wise and foolish characteristics it defines. Choose two colors (I use highlighters) and mark them. Example: I used pink for wise and orange for foolish. Write it down if that helps you differentiate. When you are done with the whole book go back and meditate on the wise and self examine the foolish.. Are you a fool?
But the path of the just is like the shinning sun, that shines ever brighter into the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18