Daily Proverbs - Proverb 4:6

Why Proverbs?

The wealthiest man who ever lived wrote the proverbs. He must've known something! Although the Bible was written millenia ago, its contents actually are applicable and beneficial today. When eternal principals and laws (not talking about the ten commandments when I write "law" here. I am referencing governing systems that are alive, whether we know it or not! I believe Solomon understood these "laws".) are honored, your life will benefit, even if you don't adhere to the Judaeo-Christian beliefs contained in the rest of the Bible.

Reference

Unless otherwise noted, all scripture is from the Holman Christian Study Bible; all Hebrew/Greek/Aramaic references are from Strong's Concordance; all English definitions and word roots are according to Merriam-Webster.

May 4th - Proverb 4

Don't abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you; love her, and she will guard you. - Proverb 4:6

How can wisdom watch over you? When you don't turn your back on sound wisdom, "she" will speak to you from your heart. There is conventional wisdom, eternal wisdom, common sense... True wisdom produces life.

Conventional wisdom tells us to live for the moment, that love has its time and then its time to move on to your next lover. Timeless wisdom tells us to look straight ahead, not to the left or right - to be focused. This is not to say you cannot have fun in the moment - certainly there are times for celebration and fun. However, setting goals and reaching for them (that is actually found in the Bible, too) is to be focused. Not spending $100 on that clearance painting that you don't need when your goal is to pay off all debt - is wisdom. To abandon wisdom would be to ignore proven counsel and go with emotion.

What does it mean to love someone? You think of them often. You consider their opinion in decisions. When one loves wisdom, considers what wisdom would say rather than emotion or "the moment" - wisdom protects you. Wisdom says not to "sleep around" - emotion says, "have fun" -- unplanned pregnancy, std's, broken hearts, lost esteem are found when one "gives into the moment". In this situation, wisdom guards from unplanned pregnancy, std's, broken hearts and lost esteem.

Wisdom exists for every facet of life - eating, cleaning, working, relationships, etc. Wisdom is not given to keep anyone from having fun. Wisdom is given to protect humanity from disease, heartache, broken homes, fortunes lost. "Conventional wisdom" mocks eternal wisdom. However, when tested, eternal wisdom truly benefits its lovers.

Prayer

Eternal Creator,
You gave guidelines for life, not to keep me from having fun, but to protect me and to prepare me for a full life. Teach me to listen for wisdom, give me ears to hear wisdom, and a heart to understand wisdom, and the strength to follow wisdom.

In Jesus' name,

Amen.

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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

breathe2travel: "How can wisdom watch over you?" You ask.

The answer is simple. Wisdom comes from knowledge, and knowledge can protect you from a lot of dangers and problems in your life.

Wisdom teaches us how to best apply the knowledge we attain to serve us in life.


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thank you, Dave Mathews, for reading and commenting. I agree with you! What you wrote summarizes the intent of my hub. Thank you, again!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Beautifully written hub on wisdom. Your prayer was special also. Reading the Bible definitely increases our wisdom as it tells us exactly how to live, and it does not tell us to not enjoy life. Voted up.


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thank you, Pamela99.


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honeybee2u 4 years ago from PNG

What a beautifully written hub and thank you for sharing this invaluable insight from the Word. Yes, we need wisdom from above in this world.


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thank you, honeybee2u, for reading and commenting. I am so glad to know you found this hub as invaluable insight. :)

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