Unlike the Epistles or narratives of the New Testament, the book of Proverbs does not have as much of a logical argument that leads to easy exposition of the text. This does not make Proverbs, less superior, but it does promote challenges in unpacking it. All that to say, when you read through Proverbs 15 this morning, there were probably some verses that stood out to you more than others. Here are some who stood out to me.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
keeping watch on the evil and the good. (3)
What amazing proof of the sovereignty of God in a book that is not necessarily thought of as “theological” in nature. It shows that the Bible is a book about God, and that what we often think of as theological “ideas” are actually intensely practical.
The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
but the mouths of fools feed on folly. (14)
Are you someone who seeks knowledge? Where do you search for it? By now you have noticed the theme throughout the book of the wise/understanding/prudent person seeking wisdom and knowledge. Are you someone who seeks wisdom?
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord
than great treasure and trouble with it. (16)
Going back to chapter 1 verse 7 of this book, we have seen that the fear of the Lord is the key to wisdom. Are you someone who fears God more than anything else? Does His Word rule your life?
Without counsel plans fail,
but with many advisers they succeed. (22)
I would venture to guess that one of the reasons this is generally true is that wise living leads to humility, which leads to seeking guidance from others, while foolish living is only concerned with self. I’m sure there are other reasons this verse is true as well. Are you seeking the wisdom that God has given others? Are you humble enough to admit that you need help?
The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,
and humility comes before honor. (33)
The fear of the Lord requires wisdom because it requires taking the focus off of ourselves, which is unnatural for us to do.
What verses stood out to you? Why? Respond in the comments!
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice