Proverbs 1 & 2: God’s Wisdom
Verse of the Day: (1:7) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
1. God’s Wisdom (1:1-14)
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; (1:1)
David was very thankful to God that his son and successor, King Solomon, loved and feared the true God of Israel. At the beginning of Solomon’s reign, he asked for God’s wisdom and understanding, when the Almighty God spoke to him in a dream at night for the desire of his heart. God not only gave Solomon His wisdom, but also riches and honour, as He was well pleased that he sought after Him and His wisdom. (1 Kings 3:1-15) God, the Holy Spirit, inspired King Solomon of Israel, to pen the Book of Proverbs, commanding the people of Israel at that time, and even Christians today, that the beginning of His wisdom is to truly believe and fear Him, and obey His commandments, so that His richest blessings be upon us. However, we are fools if we doubt and reject God and His wisdom, and we shall certainly reap the consequences of our sins. At the end of Solomon’s life, he regretted ignoring God’s wisdom, and allowing his heart to seek after idolatry and immorality, that resulted in his family being in disarray, and his vast kingdom divided. (1 Kings 11) Indeed, let us not only seek God and His wisdom of peace and mercy, but to truly live it out, so that it be pleasing before Him. (James 3:17-18)
2. God’s Way (1:15-33)
My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: (1:15)
King Solomon, encouraged his son, and even Christians today, to walk in God’s way of righteousness, and in honouring our parents, so that we shall receive His rich blessings and everlasting life in pearly heaven, while those who walk in man’s way of wickedness shall reap the consequences of eternal condemnation in the devil’s hell. (2 Peter 2:21-22)
3. God’s Word (2:1-22)
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; (2:1)
What went wrong in Solomon’s life? Solomon had God’s wisdom, riches and honour, but tragically he went after the lust of his eyes and flesh and the pride of life, and ignored His wisdom, way and Word. Let us therefore not only seek God and His Word, but to truly live it out, and even to die for it. Indeed, many of God’s believers choose to die for Him and His Word than to deny Him during the Old as well as the New Testament era, and even today, which is the church age. In fact, many more of God’s believers are also willing to die for God and His Word during the 7 years of Great Tribulation, which will begin after the Rapture that is anytime from now, when all Christians shall be caught up with the Lord Jesus to be with Him forever in His heavenly kingdom. (Revelation 20:1-4)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please grant me Your wisdom in obeying You and Your holy Word.