Online bible study week 3 (Jan 28 – Feb 4) Read Proverbs, Chapter 11 & 12.
I’ve been reading Proverbs and I can’t tell you how relevant it is. It’s full of deep truths and warnings. It’s a book in the bible I think we should start reading at the age of 12, and have on repeat once a year for at least the next 20!
Out of the two chapters, many verses speak to me. But the one I’m choosing to memorize is Proverbs 11:30. “The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends.”
My study bible says this about Proverbs 11:30; A wise person is a model of a meaningful life. Like a tree attracts people to its shade, a wise person’s sense of purpose attracts others who want to know how they, too, can find meaning. Gaining wisdom yourself can be the first step in leading people to God.
I’ve heard twice this week “You can choose your actions, but not your consequences.” One nugget I recall from my teen years was spoken by Pastor Frank Dunn at a little country church; “Rebellious people will say ‘this is MY choice’. But every choice you make? affects someone else.” Proverbs? Lays out many of the consequences we endure as a result of our actions. For instance “Walk with the wise and become wise. Associate with fools and get in trouble.” – Proverbs 13:20
It makes me sad when I hear “The bible was written 2,000 years ago. It’s not even relevant today.” Obviously if you are following this bible study, you are wanting to learn more. (Which is a constant theme throughout Proverbs. Gain wisdom!) Years ago when I would read my bible it would seem overwhelming. Like I was just reading words and trying to memorize some of the verses. But when you start truly seeking the Lord, and seeking wisdom, the pages come alive. You can read a story from 2,000 years ago and the Lord will instantly bring something to mind and make it relevant for you, for that day. Before you open the bible? Say a quick prayer… “God, this is called the Living Word, speak to me as I read and seek your face.”
My prayer is that as you read Proverbs this week you find a good nugget for your soul and gain more wisdom in your walk.
Be blessed my friends!