Sometimes we think the Bible is hard to understand, but in actuality, there are large portions of Scripture that are written simply and clearly to give us advice on how to live––not only so we’ll please the Lord, but for our own happiness and well-being. Such is the book of Proverbs.
“The purpose of these proverbs is to teach people wisdom and discipline, and to help them understand wise sayings. Through these proverbs people will receive instruction in discipline, good conduct, and doing what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will make the simple-minded clever. They will give knowledge and purpose to young people. Let those who are wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. And let those who understand receive guidance by exploring the depth of meaning in these proverbs, parables, wise sayings, and riddles. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Only fools despise wisdom and discipline” (Proverbs 1:2-7 NLT).
Here are ten Proverbs for your personal consideration:
1. Try to live a balanced life (Proverbs 23:4).
2. Trust God, not yourself (Proverbs 3:5-6).
3. Guard your heart (Proverbs 4:23).
4. Hold your tongue (Proverbs 10:19-21).
5. Don’t let wealth corrupt you (Proverbs 16:16).
6. Give to the poor (Proverbs 19:17).
7. Make what you have last (Proverbs 21:20).
8. Examine your plans and motives (Proverbs 16:1-3).
9. Be humble… know your place (Proverbs 25:6-7).
10. Seek guidance from the Lord (Proverbs 16:25).
A friend of mine makes it a goal to read the book of Proverbs through every month. Since there are 31 chapters, that translates to a chapter a day. She asks the Lord to reveal which verses He would especially call to her attention. We all have “blind spots” in our character, so it’s best not to skim over the verses that carry an “Ouch!” factor.
“For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you” (Proverbs 2:10-11).