A proverb is a short, concise sentence that conveys a moral truth. Reading through proverbs is like reading a book full of fortune cookies written with the guidance of God.
Proverbs was written mostly by King Solomon, arguably the wisest man who ever lived. His proverbs are not meant as doctrine, but as a way to pass on some of the wisdom God blessed him with to others. By following Solomon’s advice in Proverbs you learn that God is the key to wisdom and you can walk closer with him.
I personally love quotes and tid-bits of wisdom. I enjoy pretty pictures with meaningful sayings on them and reading sayings of others to uplift me. I learn and grow, but most importantly it gets me thinking and often puts my troubles into perspective. Sometimes it even makes me laugh.
Proverbs does all of that. It covers a wide range of topics: youth, family, discipline, self-control, temptation, finances, marriage, knowing God and wisdom. In fact, Solomon talks about wisdom a lot.
The funny thing about wisdom is that most people know the lesson, they have the knowledge, they just don’t apply it to life. That is where wisdom triumphs. We have to make the right choices at the right time.
God gives us these practical insights and guidelines for life so we can live a fuller, happier life closer to him.
“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears her down.” Proverbs 14:1
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
This is my favorite: The wife of noble character (Proverbs 31:10-31)
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25