I’m starting the year by slowly reading through Proverbs, taking time to soak in and meditate upon the wisdom that is found there.
I appreciate Rich Villodas’ description of the Bible’s collected proverbs: “Proverbs are not universal promises, but life lessons tested over time and tightly summarized to help people navigate wisely through life.”
Proverbs 1 contains a “call to wisdom” that explains a lot of the dysfunction we observe in our society: “Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way; and have their fill of their own devices. For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster” (Proverbs 1:29-33, ESV).
This proverb also explains the moments of dysfunction in my own life. Whenever I have done something I regretted, it was because I ignored the wisdom of the Lord in favor my own “way.”
What about you?
What source of knowledge do you rely on most?
Is your own way really bringing you the results you want?
Are you anchoring your life in the counsel of the Lord?
Are you pursuing wisdom?