Scripture: Proverbs 4-6. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
A proverb is described in the Bible as “a short, wise, easy-to-learn saying that calls a person to action.” The Book of Proverbs focuses on the Lord and describes how we can live in a close relationship with Him daily. Solomon asked God for wisdom, and God granted Him him with wisdom. Solomon wrote most of the scriptures in Proverbs. These next few chapters of Proverbs speak about how wisdom is supreme, a warning against adultery, and warnings against folly or being foolish. Follow along in Proverbs 4-6!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
In Proverbs 4, Solomon tells us about how his father, David, encouraged him to seek wisdom when he was younger. That is one of the greatest responsibilities of being a parent – teaching and encouraging our children how to become wise. We can always ask God for wisdom through prayer. God will grant our requests for wisdom (James 1:5). We must not judge others; however, we must not allow other people in our lives to cause us to fall. The Book of Proverbs teaches us to guard our hearts, setting boundaries around our desires in life. We must flee from our temptations in life, always preparing for temptation by deciding how to react to it when we are faced with it. God designed marriage, and only within this covenant relationship can we find the love that God designed and true fulfillment. We must be faithful to our husbands/wives, allowing God to lead and guide our marriage so that we protect it from adultery. God’s laws in Proverbs warn us against destroying ourselves through unwise decisions/actions in our lives.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Proverbs, and the lessons of wisdom that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.