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The Purpose of Proverbs

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:6

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searching for guidance

The first lighthouse forever changed the way sailors navigated turbulent, rocky bays. Lighthouses, illuminating the unknown, shone a more certain path, lighting the way for safety, economic growth, and the preservation of life.

We long to make something of our lives, but inundated with small and big decisions, each day becomes a new bay to navigate with unknown rocks and treacherous storms. Add to that the chaos of our communal lives—on familial, local, and national levels—and we feel helpless to make good decisions that lead to a nourishing, settled life for ourselves and others.

Many search for guidance by instinct or “gut feel,” self-help books and articles, supernatural signs, Facebook polls, or just what everyone else is doing. Some despair of doing the right thing and give up trying, pursuing instead what feels good or provides happiness in the moment.

As Christians, we know this turbulence and suffering will be made right and even beautiful when Christ returns. We also know that our lives should be characterized by love for the Lord our God and love for neighbor (Mark 12:30–31), but what does this practically look like in our everyday lives? Competing voices telling us the right thing to do leave us confused about how to act justly for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.

Into this space, God speaks. Through Proverbs, He confirms that there is a good path and that we can know it. The book of Proverbs shines a guiding light into our stormy and chaotic seas.

wisdom in the everyday

Proverbs 2:6 says, “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” When we listen to God and treasure His commandments, we “will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path” (v. 9).

Proverbs guides us by showing us the wisdom of God in family life, work, relationships, and communities. Written and collected by some of the wisest figures in history, these proverbs get to the heart of what it means to live in this world. They reveal what characterizes a successful life, and their observations compel us to think and act according to the way of life they envision. Like a lighthouse, they can’t protect us from the storms and perils of life, but they reflect God’s light for navigating through them toward the safe shore. They reassure us that small things matter, after all. The good life is made up of the small, ordinary moments. <strong>How we live in the in-between matters, and these proverbs show us how to notice God’s truth, beauty, and goodness in the small things.</strong>

This study will help you read the book of Proverbs in a way that makes it real to your everyday life. It will help open your eyes to how you can pursue God’s good life in ordinary, meaningful ways. Read each proverb as if it were a dark-chocolate truffle, relishing it, ruminating on what it says and how it reflects your experience. Think of times you’ve seen a similar situation and how the proverb reveals a nugget of truth.

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Daily Question

Read Proverbs 24:13–14. The author compares wisdom to honey—sweet and pleasing. Have you ever gotten wisdom that fed you? In what areas do you crave wisdom now?

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Yes, I have received wisdom that’s fed me through our pastor’s sermons in church and my small group bible study. The older I get the more wisdom I crave in all areas of my life and my families’ lives because God’s wisdom will never lead me astray. God’s wisdom is absolute truth so I can trust it to know it’s what’s best for the situation I’m in.

I had a dream.
Concentrate on God , keep your eyes on Him, Strive to keep Him most important then all the swirling snakes below will not hurt you. Marriage decisions….

I crave wisdom as I go into my college years. I have made past mistakes and feel guilt and shame about them. I want to be transformed by God. I want my life to reflect one pleasing to Him but I find myself falling short and back into my sinful nature. I pray for wisdom over my life and to help me seek God as I am faced with decisions every day down at school.

Wisdom from my grandparents, my parents, aunts and uncles. That wisdom is a two-sided coin. It can be sweet, but it can also be sour depending on the source of the words.
I crave wisdom in my marriage, my financial situation, and where God wants me planted.

I deeply crave wisdom to know where I am to go. Which step do I need to take. What sacrifices do I need make. My heart is unbearably unsettled right now. Work, health, family all spiral around and around in circles feeling like I just can’t grab firmly onto any of it. I crave for the knowledge on how to not lose control of it all. Knowledge that will lead me to the true purpose God has created me for.

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