Each year, I set aside one month to read through Solomon’s wonderful work of wisdom. There are 31 days in July, and if I read one chapter a day, I’ll complete the whole book. Proverbs contains short, but profound truths and principles; they pertain to all areas of life: relationships, finances, work, goals, family, spiritual walk, and temptations. Over and over, I’ve noticed the phrase, “The fear of the Lord.” The way to wisdom is to take God seriously and view Him rightly, to respect Him for who He is. This respect continues to grow into a deeper love for our amazing Creator.
God has given us all wisdom through His Holy Spirit. Our challenge is applying this wisdom to our daily walk. Often, we will ask God for power—power to overcome fear, guilt, doubt, sin or bad relationships. We expect Him to work like a mysterious magician, waving His holy wand and zapping us into being obedient Christians. But wisdom is power. Let me repeat—wisdom is power. Lots of times it’s just a matter of doing—not praying, asking or seeking.
The verses I’ve listed below spoke to me in my daily readings. God wrote for a wide audience, and I’m sure other verses will stir your heart differently. He leaves us many holy treasures waiting to be uncovered over time and through diligent study. If you’re not currently reading God’s Word, perhaps you’ll join me. And please take a minute and share your favorite verse(s) from Proverbs.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His godly ones. Proverbs 2:6-8
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23
Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth. As a loving hind and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times; be exhilarated always with her love. Proverbs 5:18-19
Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8
My son, keep my words and treasure my commandments within you. Keep my commandments and live, and my teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 7:1-3
Take my instruction and not silver, and knowledge rather than choicest gold.
For wisdom is better than jewels; and all desirable things cannot compare with her. Proverbs 8:10, 11
He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, and he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, reprove a wise man and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning. Proverbs 9:7-9
Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. Proverbs 10:4