‘Though it cost you all you have, get understanding.’ Proverbs 4:7 NIV
Ahh Proverbs. Such book. Many wisdom. But, here’s the thing; it’s only full of wisdom when you read it, use it and do something about it. God’s Word was never meant to be a bunch of letters on a page shoved in a bookcase somewhere. It was always intended to be truth, wisdom and promise. And that means that we need to bring those things into the world by living them out. Wisdom can seem like a theoretical thing, but it’s totally not. It’s a basis of real, solid understanding, that equips us to live out God’s plans and commands.
You wouldn’t expect a hoover to keep your house clean when it’s left in the cupboard under the stairs; it’s the same with your Bible (not sure why we’ve mentioned hoovers two days in a row, clearly some of us have a guilty conscience…and a very dusty floor). If you want to get the most out of your Bible and start living out your faith, you’ve got to get it out daily. In Proverbs 1:5 (NIV) it says ‘let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance’. The original word used here is ‘leqah’, which is connected with the idea of taking something. Basically, what Proverbs is getting at is that we have to take wisdom from God. He’s the Almighty source of wisdom, He embodies wisdom itself, so anytime we’re struggling with something, He’s the one to go to.
Remember memory verses? It’s old school, but it’s a good way of allowing scripture to permeate your life and impact the way you see things. Learn a (useful for you) verse from Proverbs by heart this week.