Proverbs Challenge: 1x3 = Wisdom
Proverbs challenges us to consider the choices between being wise and being foolish. Every decision we make should be fueled by wisdom, but that simply is just not the case. The Proverb challenge is simple, but can be life changing. For 31 days, you will engage on a journey that will take you through all Thirty-One chapters of Proverbs with the intention of leading you to trust the ancient wisdom of the Scriptures. It’s fairly simple: 1x3=Wisdom. Following the calendar of July, you will select the proverb of the same day (e.g. July 15 = Proverb 15), read it three times and ask God, “What wisdom do you desire me to gain today?” The process is simple, but the outcome will be life changing. Enjoy the journey.
Week 3 (Chapters 15-21)
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1) I think it’s difficult to see the impact of our words on one another. We see this most times with the people we are closest. Maybe it’s in the way we speak to our children or our parents spoke to us. Perhaps, we feel it in the way that we speak to our siblings or maybe our closest friends. Regardless, our words have the power to either build up or tear down and the impact of those words can have extremely long consequences - good or bad. For years, I struggled to see value in myself after hearing two people I dearly loved speak negatively about me as a teenager.
But it’s not simply about our words.
Our actions are really just words we speak with our body. So, we have to be careful of our words and the lives we live especially among those we love. Applying the wisdom we learn to our most important relationships requires us to think through every aspect of what we will do with what we have learned. Who doesn’t know someone whose dad was either a great source of joy or hurt in her life? How many people do we know whose sense of being a husband or wife is rooted by the way it was modeled for them? Wisdom calls out to us through a coach who was always there for us or an uncle who stood in the gap when our dad couldn’t. Someone told me years ago that every person carries around two buckets - one with gas and one with water. When others come to us, they come to us with a flame - either for good or for bad - and we have the option of either fueling the flame or extinguishing it. Since we will spend so much time with people we love, we must learn to use wisdom in our relationships. Wisdom says “learn from me because I am true and all I have to say is right. What you learn from me you will use for yourself, but because you use it it will become available for all who listen. So use me wisely and let those you love the most learn from me by the way you have learned to live by me.”
Themes: Chapter 15-21 = Practical Life Instruction
Compare/Contrasts - “And, But” (16:9, 20-21,
Benefits of wise choices (15:24, 30; 16:7, 23)
Confidence in the LORD (16:3, 33)
Providence/God’s Plan (16:4, 11,
Basic instruction (16:13-15, 18, 25-26, 31-32
Questions to consider this week:
In what ways do my relationships require wisdom?
What are the real benefits of making wise choices with people? What are some real problems that arise when I don’t use wisdom?
How does God’s plan (providence) play in to applying wisdom in my relationships? Which relationship or relationships need the healing balm of wisdom?
What do I need to do to make that happen?
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