Proverbs Challenge, October 16 – Day Four


The October, 2016, Proverbs Challenge is on!  It’s not too late to come aboard, so join in by reading a chapter a day and posting your thoughts in a comment here.  I look forward to engaging in the challenge together!

The fourth chapter of Proverbs seems to focus on the value of wisdom and understanding.  The verses contain a number of pleas and exhortations to value wisdom and understanding and pursue them vigorously.  There are warnings and cautions to not let others lead us astray.  As with each chapter, the verses contain wise teaching that we do well to heed. Today, however, my reflection on the fourth chapter of Proverbs led me to verses 25 and 26 which read in the New American Standard Bible: “Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.  Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established.”.

As I thought about the wisdom of these words, it came to my mind how important focus is in almost everything we do.  I thought of a high wire performer, walking a tight rope stretched between two towers high above the ground beneath.  Focus, a fixed gaze, is vital to success.  I thought about pursuing a chosen career path, perhaps to become a neuro-surgeon.  From early on in the education system, focus is important.  Having that goal of achieving the status of a Doctor of Medicine with a specialty in neuro-surgery fixed firmly before the candidate’s mind is important to reaching the goal.  In almost every endeavor of life, even in many mundane tasks such as threading a needle, focus – having one’s eyes pointed in the right direction – is important.

Reflecting on Proverbs 4:25-26, I am reminded of that passage in Hebrews 12:1-3 that reminds us as followers of Christ to keep our eyes straight ahead, looking toward Jesus and not straying as we maintain focus – eyes straight in front of us!

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~ by brotherfaron on October 4, 2016.

2 Responses to “Proverbs Challenge, October 16 – Day Four”

  1. One thing that stands out to me in this chapter is the fact that this almost desperate plea to pursue, seek and acquire wisdom is coming from a parent. The plea is to his child and the passion is to avoid dangers in life. In the four chapters so far, we have heard this plea more than 20 times; to seek wisdom and understanding, to keep the commands, to stay focused, to avoid different things, etc. Parenting is difficult. I have been told by others that since they “fell in a certain area” then who are they to tell their child they cannot/should not do something (marijuana, alcohol, etc.). I tell them they are exactly the one to tell them not to. Solomon is sharing this wisdom with us through God’s written word. We parents should be sharing this with our children to warn them and teach them God’s ways. It is true that following wisdom will prolong your days and enrich your life. I dare say that someone who has deviated from the straight path would say with Solomon, “Do not turn to the right nor to the left; turn your foot from evil.”

    • Parenting is indeed the responsibility of the parent. Wisdom acquired should be passed on to children so that they acquire the wisdom early in life and are then enabled to grow in stature even more so because their parent cared enough to prepare them and equip them. May God help us to be people who pursue wisdom passionately and just as passionately seek to pass that wisdom on to those who come after us!

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