Proverbs

Wisdom of the Wise

Wisdom is different from information. In our internet-fed culture, information abounds but wisdom is seldom seen. When my two kids were in middle school and high school, I took each one separately to school one morning per week. We stopped for a quick breakfast at a fast-food restaurant and discussed for 15 minutes or so, a few verses out of Proverbs. We did this for all their years in these two schools.

Why did I do this? First it was for the relationship of a father with his growing child. Second it was to impart timeless wisdom. Check out Proverbs 1:1-7 to get an overview of what is available in Proverbs.

Below are just a few verses from Proverbs. Take a moment to read what is below and then ponder the questions.

“He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor
          Than he who flatters with the tongue.
He who robs his father or his mother
          And says, “It is not a transgression,” Is the companion of a man who destroys.
An arrogant man stirs up strife,
          But he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
          But he who walks wisely will be delivered.
He who gives to the poor will never want,
          But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.
When the wicked rise, men hide themselves;
          But when they perish, the righteous increase.” (Proverbs 28:23-28)

Reflect on each verse then consider these questions for each verse

  • How does this verse apply to one of your current circumstances?
  • What wisdom do you glean from this verse?

Maranatha (Come Lord!)