Many years ago, I was challenged to read one chapter of the book of Proverbs in the Bible each day. Conveniently, God set it up so there’s 31 chapters, one for each day of the month! A perfect way to start my morning quiet time with Him.
At the time I was new to the things of the Lord and trying to figure out what it meant to be a Christian in everyday life. But oh, the challenges! I read in Proverbs you should ‘get wisdom,’ but how did you do that?
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Proverbs 4:7 (ESV)
As I started to do my daily Proverbs reading, I discovered that literally every issue of life was addressed there. Practical, doable wisdom, guidance for the murky spots.
When I had problems at work, I learned it was wise to hold my tongue and let God defend me. When I struggled with money, I learned God’s financial principles included tithing and giving generously. I learned that my words were very powerful—to hurt or help, tear down or build up.
And most important of all, I learned that God promised His blessings if I sought His wisdom first and then obeyed what I read.
It’s been many years since I started my daily Proverbs reading, and the amazing thing is, He was right! Absorbing those truths day after day, month after month, gave me understanding how to respond to the daily challenges of life. I learned to make right choices that bore good fruit and how to avoid those that would lead to trouble. He was answering my quest to find wisdom, one day at a time!
I still start my daily time with God reading the day’s Proverbs chapter, always looking to see what specific truths for the day He'll speak to me. If you haven't yet discovered the treasures of wisdom in Proverbs, give it a try. We're at the beginning of a new month, a perfect time to begin.
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