The proverbs of Shlomo the son of David, king of Isra’el, are for learning about wisdom and discipline; for understanding words expressing deep insight; for gaining an intelligently disciplined life,doing what is right, just and fair; for endowing with caution those who don’t think and the young person with knowledge and discretion. – Proverbs 1:1-4
During the opening of the very book of Proverbs we are given a set of points that outline the very reason for the existence of the proverbs. We also learn that the proverbs are the work of Solomon, son of David. The first four verses of the text give us for distinct reason for the sayings of the wise king.
Many times people read things in the Bible or some other text and never fully understand the purpose of the piece being read. Well, here in this text the author clearly states that the Solomanian verses are for teaching people how to live life. These pieces of insight from the wisest man to live show us how to live a life that is disciplined and ordered. Do you have something in life that mystifies you and often precludes you from knowing what to do? You may just find what you’re looking for contained within the annals of Hebraic poetry and prose. Read the proverbs and hear not only the wisdom of a king but hear the voice of the King, who gave the insight in the first place. He knows what you have need of before you even think it or ask it. Read the text and listen to the voice of God’s Spirit speaking to you through it. You might be surprised at the answer you get.
Father, thank you for setting us straight from the very beginning as to the purpose of your inspiring words to the ancient wise man. It saddens my heart to know that the man to whom you gave great wisdom didn’t heed the very words you taught him to share with future generations. He sadly turned away from you at the end of his life and worshiped other gods that are not you. Help us oh God to hear your words and the wisdom they contain that we might hide them in our hearts in order that we don’t sin against you. Teach us right from wrong, how to have discipline, and to be fair and honest with others. Your word is truth; there is no mistaking that. May I gain understanding and wisdom to be tied around my neck like a necklace that I, too, may have life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.