Barbara Newman, Women’s Ministry and Sole Hope Coordinator
According to the commentaries, Proverbs 10-22 are the Proverbs of Solomon, the recipient of an abundance of God’s wisdom (1 Kings 4:29ff). Proverbs are full of practical advice on developing godly character based on reverence for the Lord.
Frankly, I am overwhelmed by the volume of wisdom found in these chapters. There is godly advice regarding humility, integrity, wisdom, kindness, generosity, diligence, godly speech, wealth, righteous living and more. Clearly I have a lot to learn and changes to make.
As I was recently studying 2 Timothy 3:16-17, however, I gained some perspective.
(Words in parentheses are my thoughts.) “All scripture (including Proverbs) is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, (God reveals His way) rebuking, (the Holy Spirit reprimands us when we stray) correcting, (God directs us to restoration) and training in righteousness, (God instructs and disciples) so that the man (person) of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
As I read the Proverbs I see many examples of God’s teaching; I am convicted of sin; I repent and turn back for restoration; I seek God’s discipline and guidance. I desire to put the principles found here into practice so I may be equipped to fulfill God’s purposes.
As you read this section, I pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal your personal application to you today.
Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of righteousness is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” My prayer is that we will increase in righteousness and that the Lord will use our lives to make an eternal difference in the lives of others.