Thursday’s Thought

To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding (Proverbs 1:2).

As Solomon opens this wonderful book of Proverbs, he states God’s desire for man toward His word. Man is to know the word of God and man is to obey the word of God. Sadly, the penman of this book failed to act upon the second part of God’s desire. Solomon knew the word of God, but Solomon failed to follow the word of God. it seems to be explicable, one who was so wonderfully blessed with wisdom from God, but so miserably failed to use it.

The apostle Paul reminded the brethren in Rome (as well as all Christians) that they “obeyed from the heart, that form of doctrine” received from God.

The book of Proverbs is a wonderful study, but if we fail to make proper application it only equates to a good read. This book is made divided into 31 chapters and we commonly address 4 chapters per week. Therefore, it will take approximately 8 weeks to complete our study in Proverbs. 

The word translated “wisdom” presents the idea of “skillful;” wisdom is skillful (proper) use of the knowledge. The book of Proverbs is replete with the idea and command to skillfully obey the word of God. It is wise to obey the word of God because of the One from whom the word is received; because of the life promised in obedience and because of the reward promised through obedience. Knowing God’s word and doing God’s word is a win-win situation, in this life and in the life to come.

The man who wrote the proverbs may have failed, but the One who gave the Proverbs will never fail.