Proverbs 8

For the next several days I’ll be leading a daily reading of Proverbs. It is a book in the Bible which offers both practical wisdom and eternal perspectives. Join with me each day in reading a chapter. I will offer a reflection on one verse or topic from each chapter.

Proverbs 8

I don’t know about you…   but when I trust only in myself, I let myself down about 50% of the time. Maybe I pledged to stick to a diet or exercise routine, maybe I promised I would save more and spend less, maybe I promised to be a nicer, better person.

Sometimes I let myself down because I get lazy. Sometimes I let myself down because I just don’t know the right way. Sometimes I let myself down because I make a mistake.

God communicates God’s wisdom to us so that we can have a better track record than 50%. When we give up relying on ourselves and commit to God…   we can really start seeing wisdom at work in our lives. God doesn’t get lazy or make mistakes:

Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
   I open my lips to speak what is right.
My mouth speaks what is true,
   for my lips detest wickedness.
All the words of my mouth are just;
   none of them is crooked or perverse.
To the discerning all of them are right;
   they are upright to those who have found knowledge. 

Choose my instruction instead of silver,
   knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
   and nothing you desire can compare with her.
(Proverbs 8:6-11)