Tim is a freelance writer, poet, artist and storyteller. He always tries to find and include lessons for everyone in his writing.
The book of Proverbs was Solomon‘s gift to his son and to is all. It is a book filled with infinite wisdom. The problem is not enough people who read the book of Proverbs take the time to truly entrench Solomon‘s words in their hearts. Instead theypassively read his words and them move on.
James says in verse 1:22 of his letter, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” So the next time you find yourself in the Book of Proverbs don’t just read the words and move on, truly read them and take them to heart. In this way they will become engrained in your heart creating new actions in your life.
Proverbs To Take To Heart
1. Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and instructions.”
One of the chief faults of man is we try the figure stuff out on our own. Instead we need to start with the source of all wisdom and knowledge…God. The fear of the Lord is not being afraid of God it is seeing all the things He’s done and being in awe of His mighty acts and His truly insightful words.
2. Proverbs 1:10, “My son, if sinful men entice don’t give in to them””
Peer pressure is a real thing. At times it is so subtle you don’t even realize you’re giving in to peer pressure until it is to late. Instead the key to not giving in is to seek out your strength from God and hold onto His strength tightly. It will help keep you turn away from peer pressure.
3. Proverbs 2:1,5, “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”
Like any other good friend or family member the on,y way to truly know them is to get to know them. Purposely talk to them and listen to them until you know them better than yourself. The same is truly of God to know Him is to read and accept His words.
4. Proverbs 3:5,6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
In this well know Proverb we learn it is better to trust in God than sit around making ill conceived plans which may or my not reach fruition. In other words before you seek a course of action, pray, pray, pray, about what direction to go in.
5. Proverbs 3:9,10, “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”
The main point of this verse is to remind you the Lord has blessed you with want you have so honor Him by giving a part of it to help those who may not have anything. Even the poor woman in the temple gave all she had to God’s work.
6. Proverbs 4:20-21, “My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight keep them within your heart.
The only way to get anywhere in life is to be attentive to those who give you good advice. This is even so more more true of God’s word. It is not just about reading His word it is about taking it to heart.
7. Proverbs 6:27-28, “Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? Or can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?”
At first glance you might think, “What does this verse mean for me ?” The answer is quite simple. You are always going to be tempted in life to do things which are wrong. If you give in to your temptations chances are you’re going to get burned or hurt someone else. The best course of action would be to face your temptations using God’s strength.
8.Proverbs 8:34, “Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.”
Often times you think you’re listening to someone but are you? Listening is not just about hearing the words is is about using your senses to intently pay attention to what is going on in the conversation. It is only way to truly know what is going on.
9. Proverbs 9:7-8, “Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.”
According this verse it is useless to argue with someone who doesn’t believe in the same things you believe in. It will only cause more strife, instead as Paul says in Romans 12:20, “To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
10. Proverbs 11:14, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”
People often say “I don’t need to listen to this person or that person, I know what I am doing.” Wrong, a truly wise person accepts guidance from whomever they can because it is the only way you can grow and develop. So the next time someone offers you advice don’t scoff take the advice and treasure the advice.
© 2021 Timothy Whitt