Proverbs 1 – 3
When i’ve read proverbs in the past, I have always “sky-dived” in, looking for the wisdom that I needed for that particular moment. Before I started this time, I asked my wonderful husband about how I should read Proverbs or what is the bigger picture – his answer: its all about fearing the Lord and not fearing the Lord.
As you read through the first few chapters, you can see this as clear as black and white. The key verse for this morning (and possibly for the whole book) – proverbs 1:7
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline”
The only true way to be wise is to fear God… This reminded me of the first two chapters of 1 Corinthians.
“It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” 1 Corinthians 1:30 (Read through from verse 18 to the end of chapter 2 to see the contrast between the foolishness of those who reject the cross of Christ and the wisdom of God, given to those who believe).
What is wisdom from God? Knowing the cross of Christ and fearing the Almighty God, who deserves all our honour. The Almighty God who spared nothing to draw us to himself and reveal his wisdom in Jesus.
I am looking forward to reading more of Proverbs, knowing that wisdom can truly, only be found in Jesus…
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthains 1:18.
Thanks for showing us the connection between Proverbs and 1 Corinthians – that Jesus reveals true wisdom for us – not only as an example of a wise life but of God’s unsearchable wisdom in saving the world through such apparently foolish means!