When I first thought about starting this blog, I wondered what book of the Bible I should study first. I decided on Proverbs, since it is full of wisdom that’s clearly applicable to life. In my search for godly purpose, it’s important to know how to live a biblical life. What better place to start than Proverbs?
The beginning of Proverbs 1 discusses the purpose of the book. Proverbs was written to give people wisdom, teach them to be righteous, multiply their knowledge, and provide guidance.
“To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.” Proverbs 1:2-6
These verses also tell us for whom this instruction is written. The Word mentions “the simple”, “the youth”, and “the wise”. No matter what stage of life you are in, or how much knowledge you have, we can all benefit from studying the Proverbs.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
Next, the proverb says that our respect for God is the start of our knowledge. In order to learn, we need to have a humble heart that is open to teaching. If we think that we already know what we need in order to live a good life, we are being foolish and arrogant. There is always room for us to grow closer to God and become more like Him.
Additionally, our respect for God gives us an enlightening perspective on the world, and it serves as the foundation of our wisdom. The Reformation Study Bible describes wisdom as “a way of thinking about reality that enables one to pursue what is good in life. Through wisdom, God reveals what the values of life are and how they may be achieved.” 2 Peter expands on this concept and tells us how our faith perspective impacts how we should live right now.
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.”
2 Peter 3:10-14
Knowing that the world will end up this way, it should spur us on to live with more fervor for God. We should be motivated to fulfill His purpose for our lives, and share the Gospel with faithful abandon. What a blessing it is to be given purpose by our Creator along with the tools and wisdom we need to fulfill that task!
I will continue writing about Proverbs 1 in my next post. Blessings,