The book of Proverbs, written by the wisest man in the world—King Solomon, has always been a favorite book for Christians. Even unbelievers have seen the value in Proverbs and applied some of the principles to everyday living. Proverbs offers practical direction on how to live day-to-day in a way that pleases God. It has often been said that Proverbs is showing us how to live God’s way in God’s world. With so much wisdom for living, we should invest time in studying the book of Proverbs.
One of the purposes for the book is shown in Proverbs 1:2, To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight. Finding wisdom is more profitable than gaining gold and silver according to Proverbs 3:13-14. Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. Therefore, we should make a conscious effort to read the book of Proverbs and input its wisdom into our lives.
When studying the book of Proverbs, we must also understand that each proverb has one specific meaning, but it can have various points of application. We should make sure we look at the practical life application as well as the spiritual life application. For example: Proverbs 10:5 He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame. We can look at this verse and make a few observations. A person that ignores the harvest will potentially cause people go hungry, probably make extra work for others, and undoubtedly be a burden to his family; therefore, that son will bring shame on his family. We can easily apply this to our daily work at home, at our job, or even to school: when it is time to work hard, do your job diligently until it is finished. Beyond this, we can see the spiritual application of diligence in serving the Lord. The words of Christ come to mind from Matthew 9:37-38, Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Looking around the RGV and the rest of the world, we see the need for people to come to Christ. We have a great responsibility to work diligently during this time of harvest. Our work now is to bring glory to the name of God and not shame! Study Proverbs this week to have God’s wisdom for living.
Tad Wychopen is the Assistant Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. He leads the Thrive youth group and helps at Faith Christian Academy. His four boys keep him and his wife Hannah busy with new adventures each day. As a South Texas native, he enjoys the outdoors, local food, and the Cowboys.