Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Proverbial Life
A word from Mr D :)
I plan to write a book called "The Proverbial Life" that gives present day advice using the Book of Proverbs.
As I studied it over the years, I was surprised how much it still applies to today. I want to share what I have learned and ask that you do the same. Eventually, I may use this material for the book.
Other than Jesus, its author Solomon, was the wisest and richest man who ever lived. When God made him King of Israel and asked what he wanted from Him in a dream (1 Kings 3:5). Solomon asked for wisdom...apparently because he was overwhelmed by the tasks of governing the Jews, His Chosen People; and rightly so considering how difficult they were for even God to deal with.
How many of us would have said that? Most of us would say riches, death to our enemies, a super-human body, the ability to fly, live forever, or better yet, a corvette The fact that he answered rightly, shows that God knew what He was doing.
So God gave us this book as a guide for all our problems. Truths that stand the test of time. Truths that will protect you, bless you, and help you sin less, make wise decisions, and in the end, get closer to God.
DAY 1: Proverbs 1:1-2 "The proverbs of Solomon, King David’s son, from Israel: Their purpose is to teach wisdom and discipline, to help one understand wise sayings."
The purpose of Proverbs is to give you the ability to understand, experience to retain knowledge and apply good judgment necessary for the proper training and behavior needed to live a life of purpose and glory to God.
In short, it's here to help you keep from screwing up your life and the lives of those around you.
But the Proverbs aren't enough in themselves, you also need the Author to help you discern their meaning. There are spiritual truths enclosed that you simply are not going to "get" without His help (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Feel free to comment and disagree. I don't have all the answers but I know enough to get this started.
1 Kings 3:5..."At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you."
1 Corinthians 2:14: "The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit."