Today we continue with our Proverb of the day, Proverbs 2. Reflections are from the Message Bible translation.
Vs. 2. Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom; set your heart on a life of Understanding.
We live in a wordy world. TV, radio, social media, reading material and conversations infiltrate our day whether we want to hear them or not, whether we are listening or not. Words from the sacred text of Scripture also call out, offering us wisdom. The Spirit whispers for us to come aside. Will we hear the call? Will we respond? Wisdom waits ...
Vs.6-8. God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding. He's a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well, a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere. He keeps his eye on all who live honestly, and pays special attention to his loyally committed ones.
God created everything and knows everything about everything. Why wouldn't we come to Him for advice about how to live well and as the answer to our many questions? So often other louder voices and brighter lights distract us and capture our attention. Foolishness prevails in our world. Turn to God afresh today. He is the source of life and of wisdom.
Vs. 11-13. Good Sense will scout ahead for danger, Insight will keep an eye out for you. They'll keep you from making wrong turns, or following the bad directions. Of those who are lost themselves and can't tell a trail from a tumbleweed.
It's been said that we should "live and learn". It is true that we often learn from poor decisions as we reap the painful consequences of unwise choices. Yet why not learn from God's Wisdom and see the ramifications of potential decisions before we make them? That's what the wisdom of Proverbs seeks to impact ... if only we will listen.
Vs.20. Join the company of good men and women, keep your feet on the tried and true paths.
Who are you hanging out with? Who is influencing you? We often become like the people we spend the most time with. Yes, seek to have a positive influence on all people but make wise people your mentors, models and heroes. You'll be glad you did.