31 Days of Proverbs
For the month of March, we’re going to be taking a really cool journey together as a church. We are going to walk through the book of Proverbs together. Each day in March we will read a chapter of Proverbs. We’ll focus on this journey through inspired wisdom in different ways through social media, our services, and new content here on our website.
Let’s take a brief look at what Proverbs is all about before we get going.
The book of Proverbs contains hundreds of proverbs penned by three different authors, all inspired by the Holy Spirit. We especially see this inspiration in the first verses of chapters 30 and 31, where they are described as oracles, prophecies, or utterances, depending on your translation of choice. The literal definition of the word refers to the burden a prophet might have to share the truth God has put on their heart.
Whatever the word choice, it very clearly points to divine authority, as later backed up by Peter in 2 Peter 1:21.
Who are these three authors? First, and the author of most of Proverbs, is none other than Solomon, the wisest man to ever live. It certainly makes sense that he would write the bulk of our wisdom Scripture, right? What about the other two writers? They are Agur, son of Jakeh, and Lemuel. Unfortunately, little is known about either of them. In fact, all of our knowledge is summed up in knowing that they wrote a chapter of Proverbs each. (Although there are some fascinating discussions centered on the idea that Lemuel may have been a nickname for Solomon given by his mother, Bathsheba, but the theory is speculation, at best.)
We can, of course, be sure that the book is profitable and an excellent look into the heart of God as we seek to deepen our understanding and wisdom. And what a great treasure trove it is!
3 Things to Think About
As we start this journey through Proverbs, we’re going to look at a verse that seems like a harsh saying at first, but holds three important reminders as we both study the scriptures and do life together.
How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? - Proverbs 1:22
“Gee Cameron, what an encouraging verse you’ve shared.” I know that’s what you’re probably thinking. And at first, it’s kind of a downer. It’s certainly a lament. But as I meditated on the verse, I actually found it as an encouragement. Well, at least an exhortation.
Simple is kind of a strong word. But let’s be clear about what it means here. The word translated “simple” in this text points to someone who knows better, but is choosing to remain untrained and inexperienced. This isn’t someone who is intellectually lacking, but someone who, by choice, remains foolish.
The word describes someone who has had ample opportunity to grow and improve, but stubbornly refuses.
The picture that comes to mind here is that of the bullies in school who prey on the “nerds” who like to learn. We’ve all at least witnessed something to that effect. It’s a problem that has been rampant for ages. A few millennia, apparently, because even Solomon had to warn against it.
Knowledge here hearkens back to Proverbs 1:7, that famous passage you’ve heard hundreds of times and may even have memorized: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”
The 3 Things and Your Homework
So in light of this passage and as we jump into this study, there are three things to look for, and some homework for you. Are you ready?
Look for opportunities to learn, grow, and stretch yourself.
Don’t allow yourself to be comfortable where you are, but instead challenge yourself. Ask yourself difficult questions about your condition. How can you better yourself?
Look for opportunities to encourage and give life.
Don’t be a schoolyard scoffer. Look for ways to encourage growth in others, and allow them to encourage growth in you. In other words, as you grow your mind, grow your heart.
Look for opportunities to teach and help others grow.
Hebrews 5:12 suggests that we continue to grow in our faith, and even become teachers. The author of Hebrews doesn’t really leave room for any exceptions. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean everyone needs to be a Sunday school teacher, but it does mean that we are all disciple-makers. We are all called to help others grow in their faith.
Join us starting tomorrow, March 1st, in reading through the book of Proverbs. It’s super easy: just one chapter a day. But I encourage you to take time to meditate and pray about the ways you can receive the amazing wisdom found in this incredible book.
PS: If you’re looking for an easy way to keep on track, check out the YouVersion 31-day Proverbs reading plan by clicking here.