I love the book of Proverbs. In fact, it was one of my favorite summer series with students when we would go through different Old Testament books. The book of Proverbs is known for it’s wisdom and that’s something that all of us truly need. But it’s not just anyone’s wisdom but God’s wisdom. And we’re not supposed to treat them like God’s personal fortune cookies to us. They’re much more because like the rest of God’s Word they point us to Jesus. In fact, Jon Akin mentions this in his book “Preaching Christ from Proverbs” by saying:
“As we look to the Bible, we see quite clearly that Proverbs is not about skill for living life abstracted from Christ. Instead, the Bible says that the point of Proverbs, just like all of the OT Scriptures, is to “make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim3:15). And, the Bible says that Proverbs is profitable “for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17). So, according to Paul, the purpose of Proverbs is to save and sanctify those who hear it. Those who hear the Proverbs will be saved by Jesus and made like Him!”
In today’s Proverb (ch. 2) we find a father instructing his son to pursue wisdom with all of his heart (v. 1-4). He tells him that this wisdom will produce a healthy fear of the Lord (v. 5), integrity (v. 7), protection (v. 8, 12-15), and even discernment for justice and righteousness (v. 9-11). As great as all of those things sound and are, the climax of the Proverb are verses 16-19 where he reminds him that God’s wisdom will protect him from the stupidity of an affair with a seductive woman. We often give people steps to take in avoiding these type of sexual sins but sometimes we don’t emphasize the power of wisdom in protection from it. The consequences can’t be clearer (or scarier) than in this proverb but let’s not avoid the first 15 verses showing us the fruit of pursuing and trusting in God’s wisdom to put us into a place where we not only recognize but withhold from Satan’s deceit in this area.
How has God’s wisdom protected you from a sin before? Comment below.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor