Proverbs Challenge, October 2016- Day One


On this first day of the October, 2016, Proverbs Challenge, I am thinking about the three qualities or objectives found in verse 3 (Holman Christian Standard Bible).  Proverbs opens with the words “The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, King of Israel: for gaining wisdom and being instructed; for understanding insightful sayings; for receiving wise instruction in righteousness, justice, and integrity;”.  Those three words—righteousness, justice, integrity – stand out to me as three things we could use a lot more of in today’s world.

Righteousness means different things to different people, I suppose.  When I was reading the first chapter of Proverbs today, I thought about that word in terms of “right standing” with God and with man.  I thought of how humanity has created various religions to pursue that elusive quality.  Then I remembered that the bible tells us there is a righteousness that comes not from our own efforts but from God through Jesus Christ (see Philippians 3:9).  Would the world be a better place with less contention, war and strife if we had more of the “right standing” with God and with man as taught by Jesus Christ?

Then there is justice.  I have seen more than a few instances in court cases and in life situations where it seems there is no justice.  It seems more and more that wrong actions go without punishment while those seeking to do right often find themselves receiving words, actions or judgments undeserved.  It seems that our understanding of what is right or just depends on our political point of view or our personal preference in a given circumstance than on unchanging values of solid moral truths such as those the bible teaches.  We can turn a blind eye to the abortion of countless unborn lives while at the same time mounting violent protest over a single death.  Perhaps if we better understood the concept of God’s justice we would more fervently desire His mercy!

The last of the three words that seemed to stand out to me in reading the first chapter of Proverbs today is integrity.  My prayer is that God would help me personally and all of us corporately to more fully grasp the meaning and import of that word.  Having integrity to me speaks of being honest and standing for what is right without compromise.  In my own wisdom and strength, I could never expect to demonstrate pure integrity.  Instead, I am reminded today that I need to search God’s Word and seek His guidance and help that I might receive “instruction in righteousness, justice, and integrity”.

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~ by brotherfaron on October 1, 2016.

2 Responses to “Proverbs Challenge, October 2016- Day One”

  1. The theme of Proverbs is pretty evident in this first chapter…wisdom. I can look forward to a month of wisdom, instruction, understanding, prudence and an increase in learning.

    One phrase that stands out to me today is in verse 20; “wisdom shouts in the street”. People I talk with always want to know what to do in a given situation, how to solve problems, how to make good decisions, or to know God’s will for their lives. Proverbs says wisdom is shouting! James says that God will lavish wisdom on us when we ask in faith without doubting. Our lack of wisdom could be because we have not asked or we have not listened. Staying (or getting) in God’s word is the best way to listen to wisdom. We must not remain complacent .

    Another phrase that was repeated in this chapter is “the fear of the Lord”. Verse 7 says it is the beginning of knowledge, verse 29 says “they did not choose the fear of the Lord”. It is my prayer that I will choose the fear of the Lord, which will lead me to knowledge in obedience to Him. This phrase also tells me that the fear of the Lord is something that I must consistently choose. It is not really a one time thing. In each circumstance or trial I face, I must make that choice to fear God and remember who He is, the purpose of trials, and my desire to become more Christlike. I will always have the option to make my own decisions, do things my way, live my life; however, Proverbs 1 is telling me that is the way of a fool. Father help me not be a fool!

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