Wisdom from the Proverbs

​The walk of the Christian is to be with wisdom as we go through life.

(Eph 5:15-17 NIV) Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, {16} making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. {17} Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Much wisdom that a Christian needs for life can be found in one book alone – the book of Proverbs. The first six verses of this book tells us it was written with the intention of teaching us wisdom.

(Prov 1:1-6 NIV) The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: {2} for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; {3} for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; {4} for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young– {5} let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance– {6} for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.

What is wisdom? Wisdom is that which teaches you the right way to react under different circumstances. The first nine chapters of The Book Of Proverbs are actually discourses extolling the value of wisdom. The virtue of wisdom is seen in the prosperous life it can produce – Pro 3:13-18 Wisdom’s value is also found in guarding us against many pitfalls that are out there – Pro 3: 21-26.

The purpose of this series is to apply the wisdom of the Proverbs into our many situations of life – work, marriage, relationships, etc.

(For further readings, see Proverbs and the Christian by Mark Copeland)