Updated: Oct 9, 2020
Who is joining in with me?! There is so much pain and division happening in our world 🌍 today and I felt like we could use some connection!
Join me in reading Proverbs for the month of October! There are 31 chapters and 31 days so the ultimate goal is to read one chapter per day. I've created a template to use as a way to write things down and become more intentional with God ✝️
Proverbs brings attention to human experience and creates a link to all people of good will! The scripture brings readers to see life 'wisely' and teaches us that wisdom ultimately directs us to the formation of good character. Wisdom is in the world!
Let's do this together, avoid further division and bring back connection through the Lord's word!
Will you join?! I'll be posting my insight in my Instagram stories, right here on my blog and on the Facebook event (OCTOBER FULL OF PROVERBS). Join in on any of those or all of them!
Here is a video that explains the book of Proverbs!
Template to use to become more intentional with God as we go through this journey together!
Day 1 Discussion
Proverbs 1: 1-33
My favorite verse in this scripture is 15, "My son, do not walk in the way with them, hold back your foot from their path."
The first chapter opens up with God teaching us that to fear Him is the beginning of becoming wise and knowledgeable. He is teaching us that fools despise wisdom and He is wisdom. I believe that God wants me to know that sinners love company in sin. Therefore, we must avoid those that lead us down the wrong path. This is what verse 15 states (to hold back from their path). God also wants me to know that He will never deny those who seek Him. Those who seek Him are seeking wisdom and avoiding "simple ones, scorners and fools." By reading this chapter, I believe God wants me to change by following Him instead of my own devices, I should turn away from temptation and turn from evil to that which is good!
Day 2 Discussion
Proverbs 2: 1-22
This chapter really made me think a lot about being a Mother. Maybe it is because the chapter opens up with Solomon speaking directly to his son about wisdom. I have a lot of anxiety about the unknown, specifically when it comes to Johanna growing up.
My favorite verse is 4-5, "If you seek her like silver, and like hidden treasures search her out, Then will you understand the fear of the Lord; the knowledge of God you will find." Verse 4 makes the reference of Proverbs being "lady wisdom" or as the video above states, "the one who roams around the Earth making herself available to anyone who is willing to listen and learn". Solomon is advising his son to seek wisdom the way you would seek money. Seek wisdom like you would seek money but make sure you hold on to it, treasure it and understand it.
I believe the main lesson from this chapter comes in verses 10-22. It is all about morals and virtuous living. Those who seek wisdom also strive to live a moral life and in turn are able to live a virtuous life. God says the advantages of living a virtuous life includes gaining the ability to make right and wrong decisions. Specifically, staying away from the "bad crowd" or those that enjoy sinning and watching others sin.
Going back to thinking about being a Mother, I believe God wants me to teach Johanna the importance of moral living so that she becomes virtuous and is able to make the right decisions later in life. I believe he wants me to teach her the way Solomon teaches his son, seek wisdom, treasure it, live a moral life and you will be able to live virtuously.
Day 3 Discussion
My favorite verse in this chapter is 7, "Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and turn away from evil." This is my favorite verse because it is teaching me two things. One (do not be wise in your own eyes); I believe this to mean that I should be humble in all things. I should not think that I am better than my neighbor or always right and I should always treat others with respect and dignity. I should never delay in doing things for others. I also believe it means I should trust in God more instead of relying on my own intelligence. Two (fear the Lord and turn away from evil); I believe this to mean that I should fear the consequences of dishonoring God and therefore turn away from sin. Those who prosper in sin will eventually be held accountable to God. This chapter says that if you seek Godly wisdom, you will gain so much more than you can from things like silver, gold and material items. While seeking wisdom does not mean you will live a worry free life without any struggle it does guarantee that God will stand beside you no matter what.
Day 4 Discussion
Proverbs 4:1 - 27
Chapter 4 was great! My favorite verse is easily verse 23, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
If you know me, you know I've always struggled with saying no to people even if it inconvenienced my schedule. I would somehow make it work even if it through off my day. This chapter reminds me that its okay to say no specifically to those who drag me into sin. Its okay to walk away from things that do not serve me or encourage me to seek wisdom and serve the Lord. I love this verse because it reminds me that saying no to sin is guarding my heart. Since having Johanna, I've certainly guarded my heart much closer. While for now, I'm able to guard hers to certain extent. One day I won't be able to at all so I hope I can teach her to seek wisdom and not sin, to guard her heart at all costs because everything she does flows from it.
Day 5 Discussion
My favorite verse in this chapter is verse 1, "My son, to my wisdom be attentive, to understanding incline your ear." This is my favorite verse because once again we are reminded to listen to God and seek wisdom.
For me, this chapter ties together the previous 4 and shows me why we should seek wisdom and God's word. Once again, seeking wisdom promises that we will have discernment or be able to choose right from wrong or say no to those who tempt us into sinning. The example given in this chapter is adultery. The temptation is a woman who is seeking a married man. The message is clear, seeking wisdom and fearing God assures that when we find ourselves in situations like this, we will be able to see clearly and choose wisely!
Day 6 Discussion
My favorite verse in this chapter is 16, "There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him."
This has been my favorite chapter so far. It is clear as day what God does not us to be doing.... 1. Haughty eyes 2. A lying tongue 3. Hands that shed innocent blood 4. A heart that devises wicked schemes 5. Feet that are quick to rush into evil 6. A false witness who pours out lies 7. A man who stirs up dissention among brothers
This chapter does remind us again that even if you live your life seeking wisdom, it doesn't mean you're life will be peachy keen and you will never have a single issue. However, if you seek wisdom struggle does not appear as easily as it would if you did not seek wisdom.
Day 7 Discussion
My favorite verse in this chapter is 4, "say to wisdom, "You are my sister!" call understanding, "friend."
This is my favorite verse because its telling us that wisdom is so good and so close to us, like a sister. From this chapter, I learned that keeping the commandments close to us also makes us closer to God. We are able to be kept away from the effects of Satan and sin. The example in this chapter is lust or a pleasant sin. I learned that those are the most dangerous because they gain the heart and overtake our emotions. The pleasant sin clouds our judgment and causes us to make decisions by our own hands and not by God's. God wants me to stay away from temptation and more importantly things that cause heinous sin.
Day 9 Discussion
My favorite verse from this chapter is 8-9, "Do not reprove the arrogant, lest they hate you; reprove the wise, and they will love you. Instruct the wise, and they become still wiser; teach the just, and they advance in learning." I believe this to mean that you cannot force someone to seek wisdom through God's word. Of course you can share God's word but you're only seeking wisdom for yourself. If you try to correct the behavior of a non believer, they will hate you even more than they already do. But those who fear the Lord will accept you and learn from you. God wants me to be careful of temptation from Satan. The example in this chapter is the adulteress woman who seeks men who are not wise to partake in her sin. She is unaware of what she is doing because she is not wise herself or as Solomon says, she is a simpleton and does not understand what is really happening. God wants me to continue seeking wisdom so I am not easily tempted or blissfully unaware of my sinful actions. He wants me to continue to seek wisdom so that I may appropriately take advice from other believers and love them more.