Pathway Through Proverbs: Chapter 8

Chapter 8: Wisdom

Click here to read Proverbs 8. This post today summarizes the chapter but I think that it will be good to read what the Bible has to say.

Here in Proverbs 8, we see Wisdom talking to us. She is telling us where she is at. She lets us know who she is talking to. Wisdom tells us where she is from and she also lets us know how she can help us.

In the first 3 verses of this chapter we see Wisdom crying out to us. She is in the high places and the low places. Wisdom is at the gates of the city and in the neighborhoods. Wisdom is everywhere and she is crying out.

Wisdom is crying out to men, the sons of man, the simple, the fools and everyone that has ears to hear. “Hear; for I will speak of excellent thing; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.” Proverbs 8:6 She is asking us to hear what she has to say because it will be excellent and it will be right.

Wisdom than tells us that she is the most precious thing that we can ever get in life. She is worth more than precious rubies. She is better than silver and gold.

Gaining wisdom doesn’t just happen. Wisdom tells us that we have to seek her early, we have to love her, we have to desire and want her in our life. Wisdom will be there for us if we want her to be there.

Wisdom will not let you down. She tells us she will lead in the way of righteousness. She will cause us to inherit treasure and be filled with substance. Wisdom will not trick you and strip you of everything you have, she will be their to increase and bring profit to you.

Wisdom then goes on to tell us in this chapter that she came from the Lord. Wisdom tells us that she was before everything was created and while the Lord was creating she was by Him. The Lord delighted in wisdom daily. Wisdom has always been.

Wisdom ends the chapter with two powerful verses. “For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.” Proverbs 8:35-36 Wisdom gives you two choices with tow consequences, find wisdom and you find life and favour of the Lord. Sin against Wisdom, hate Wisdom and you will hurt your own soul and find death.

The lesson I learn from this chapter is that I cannot go wrong if I seek for wisdom. Because if I find wisdom and I friend wisdom, I will find life and find favour with the Lord.

 

Pathway Through Proverbs: Chapter 7

Chapter 7: Keep the Word

Solomon starts this chapter off saying, “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.” He was telling his son to listen to what he was saying and keep it in his life. Solomon tells his son to make his commandments the most important thing in his life and we see that in verse 3, “Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.”

Solomon than proceeds to tell his son a story about a young man who was simple and void of understanding. Solomon states that this young man was walking one day and passed near the corner of a strange woman. This strange woman caught the young man and ended up ruining his life. We see this in verse 27, “Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”

I believe that this young man was taught to do right, how to do right, and how to live right. I think that he probably heard all the same lessons from his parents that Solomon was teaching his son. I think that this young man had all the potential in the world to make it, but he didn’t do one thing.

As Solomon described him, he was simple and void of understanding. He was also in a group of other simple people. This young man was part of a group just wandering through the city with nothing to do, no purpose in life.

But this young man veered off from the group and passed near the corner of the strange woman. He probably passed the corner a few times before he actually went the way to her house. He waited until the night, when it was dark, because the Bible does say men love darkness because their deeds are evil. The strange woman was waiting for him and once he got there, she had everything all nice and pretty. She made everything look good on the outside but the inside their was pain and hurt and trouble.

The story doesn’t tell us exactly how the young man’s life ended up but it did tell what happened before to men that went her way. “For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.” vs. 26

I read this chapter and I liken the young man to people who grow up in church, in a Christian family. I also liken the strange woman to the world, because a strange woman is just one of the many pitfalls that the devil has laid for us.

I see many people grow up in a godly family and go to a good church but they end up in the world not serving God. They let something of the world get ahold of them and it took them out of church and away from God. They are like this young man who didn’t do one thing.

They kept passing near that sin, near that temptation until one day they went down that street and ended up in the “strange woman’s house.” Falling into sin is a gradual thing, you get comfortable around it and before you know it you are right in the middle of it.

What is the one thing that each one of us need to do in our life? “Keep my commandments and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister: and call understanding thy kinswoman: That they may keep thee form the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.” Proverbs 7:2-5 We need to keep the commandments and the law, which is the Word of God, in the center of our life. If we obey and follow the Word of God than He will lead us where we need to go which won’t be near the corner of the strange woman.

God is the God of second chances. I believe that if you are still breathing, God still has a plan for you. No matter where you are at or what you are doing in life, you can always come back to God. If you are away from God, don’t end up like the strong men that went to the strange woman, they ended up slain.

Keep the Word of God in your life. Obey it! Follow it! Live it!

 

 

 

Pathway Through Proverbs: Chapter 6

Chapter 6: The Light of the Word

This chapter has a few different topics that we could discuss. It covers being a good friend and a good worker. It also talks about the characteristics of a wicked man. It covers the things that the Lord hates and what the Lord says is an abomination unto Him. It also talks about the strange woman, her characteristics and what will happen if you get caught up in the mess of a strange woman.

The verse I want to look at today is Proverbs 6:23 “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:” When I read this verse I automatically think of Psalms 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Solomon knew what his son needed to guide him through his life and that was the commandment and the law, what we know today as the Bible. Solomon gave his son the same instruction that his father, David, had given him in Psalms 119:105. (It is widely believed that David wrote Psalms 119 as it follows the course of his other writings.) What great instruction was passed down in that family. They all had their faults but they knew that the Word of God is what would be able to guide them on the path of life.

We need the light of the Word in this dark world. How do you expect to make it in the Christian life without the Word of God to guide you? Everyday we need to get in the Bible and find something that will help us along the path of life that day.

The end of Proverbs 6:23 is interesting also, “…and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:” When I read this, I think of having to learn lessons of life the hard way. The word reproof means disapproval. I can see Solomon telling his son that he may have to reprove and rebuke him for messing up but that he would give him the instruction needed to not make the same mistake again. This is the way you have to learn sometimes. Don’t get mad when you get in trouble, take the lesson you learned from your mistake and use it to be a better person and Christian.

Take the Word of God without you through the day to guide and lead you on the path of life!