Huge Benefit From a Small Book
Thirty-one short chapters comprise Proverbs. However, we must not judge the book’s value by its size. Its benefit for our everyday lives infinitely surpasses its smallness.
Delores and I began reading Proverbs through once a month by reading one chapter a day according to the calendar date. On the first of the month we read chapter one; on the sixth, chapter six; on the thirty-first, chapter thirty-one. In this way we go through Proverbs twelve times a year. If we miss a day we read two chapters the following day or we just wait until the next month.
Of course, portions of Proverbs don’t apply to everyone. Overall, however, everyone profits from the wise sayings and instructions of this wonderful guide to successful living.
What is a proverb?
A proverb is a short saying that expresses a truth. Example: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” means that a proper diet will keep you healthy. Proverbs teach lessons for life. “A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger” Proverbs 15:1.
Who benefits from Proverbs?
Proverbs show us God’s truth so we can cooperate with his efforts to make us happy. Solomon introduces this book with an invitation for all to learn (2:2-6). His invitation is all inclusive; he invites:
- All People, verses 2-3
- The Simple, verse 4
- Young People, verse 4
- The Wise, verse 5
- The Understanding, verse 5
The Purposes for this Book
- So people may know God’s wisdom and teachings.
- So people can understand words of insight. Seeing “beneath the surface” appearance of life situations.
- So people can know wise dealings, righteousness, justice and integrity.
- To give prudence to the simple. Prudence is sound judgment in practical matters; being sensible, not rash.
- To give knowledge and discretion to young people. Discretion separates error from truth.
- To help a wise person increase in learning.
- To help a person of understanding acquire skill in applying that understanding.
- To help a person understand a proverb and its interpretation or application.
To help people understand the words of the wise and the hidden truths behind their sayings.
Be greatly encouraged,
Pastor James Fields