Some of you are scratching your head wondering what I’m talking about.
Others will be thinking, “I know about the Proverbs woman from chapter 31:10-31, but a Proverbs man—I can’t pull up that file!”
That is okay, because I just made it up.
For the Bible challenged, Solomon, the author of Proverbs was one of the wisest men ever. He wrote his wisdom down in thirty-one chapters that we can use as a guide as we travel the road of life.
In a section entitled “A Woman of Noble Character” in 31:10, he talks about the conduct of a woman of quality. It is a good act if you can follow it.
Would you like to be a Proverbs man? The wise answer is yes. Those who don’t ask, don’t get.
I am a work in progress, and I can be quite foolish if I am not focused. I used to be a “wise guy” and I got a lot of detention for it.
Later, my impulsiveness had more serious and costly consequences.
I have moved far from the prodigal path, but everyday life offers additional on-ramps to the freeway of foolishness.
So how do you become a Proverbs Man? This column is for women too, because in this world, women need wisdom too.
I talked to a younger man and he shared how in prison he got right with God. One of the things he was told to do was to read the Book of Proverbs on a daily basis.
In a month, there are up to 31 days. In Proverbs, there are 31 chapters. Today is September 24, so today I read chapter 24 of Proverbs. When you get to the end of the month, you start over and begin again on the first with Chapter One.
Most everything we learn, whether it is math, vocabulary or shooting free throws—we learn through repetition. Practice a behavior daily, and it will become a habit. Would you like to make wise decisions every day?
Wisdom is information we apply to life situations so there is a positive outcome. When things go wrong, we have a choice: learn from it or repeat it.
According to Wikipedia, “Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight.”
I don’t know about your life. But daily, I deal with family, work, the home, my values, temptation, health, and the list goes on.
A daily dose of wisdom is like vitamins. They may not keep you from getting sick, but they are good for your health.
If you don’t learn from experience, you are like Proverbs 26:11, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.”
In Chapter 24, here are a few helpful hints for living: “Don’t envy the wicked,” “for victory you need many advisors,” “Fear the Lord,” “Do not testify against your neighbor without cause,” and more.
I am an old dog and many of us don’t like going to doctors. Well, I have health issues and I am going to “many advisors” to live a long, healthy life.
Try this Bible study for a few months and see how your life goes. There are many benefits from wise choices.
It is now September 28 and I read Chapter 28 too. Maybe you could start a Proverbs Posse at your church, where you and a bunch of guys (and/or gals) get together and do the Bible study.
If you did it once a week, you would finish in 2018—I think.
Well, I hope you are wiser for reading this column, but if not, at least you know where to go for wisdom of the ages!