Year 7-Day 138: Today, I am grateful for Proverbs.
I love the book of Proverbs. King Solomon's collection of wisdom is absolutely priceless. In a day when "self help" books have been known to top the sales charts, I wonder why more people don't turn to the original... the classic... the book of Proverbs.
When God offered Solomon his choice of gifts, he asked for wisdom. That makes me think he was already on the path to being a wise man. He asked for a gift that would help others. Humility is woven into that request.
"Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”
It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right." -1 Kings 3:9-11
God loved his request and blessed Solomon in many ways beyond the gift of wisdom.
A nation led by Godly wisdom prospers. A nation led by it's own desires, doing what is right in their own eyes will eventually face God's judgment. There is no great mystery to be solved. God is who he claims to be. We can better understand His mind and His heart if we spend a little time in proverbs.
The truth is... a little time... it won't be enough. It is a kind of learning that makes us hungry for more. We could spend days on on chapter, as each verse is full of things to write on our hearts. It is a great way to start the week.
Today, I am grateful for Proverbs.