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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Starting Point For How To Obtain Valuable Life Lessons

In summary of Proverbs 1:1-7 it says, “The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young -- let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance -- for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline”

Bottom line:
The proverbs listed here are for to help you recognize wisdom and good advice.  They can teach you to live intelligently and how to be honest, just and fair.  They can make an inexperienced person clever and teach young people how to be resourceful.  These can even add to the knowledge of the wise and give guidance to the educated.  To have knowledge, you must first have reverence for the Lord. Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn.

What this means to me:

Solomon one of the wisest people of all times left these proverbs for me to learn from.  These reflect a lifetime of his learning.  They come from his desire to pass on the wisdom of lessons learned to all.  A constant theme is the linking of concepts of wisdom and that of discipline.  Solomon felt that to despise wisdom and discipline is to be a fool.  So, If I absorb them they will help me recognize real wisdom and sound advice.  They will illustrate and teach me how to live wisely, and how to be honest, just and fair.  They can make someone like me more clever and resourceful.  However, there is a prerequisite.  In order to get this knowledge I must a reverent fear of the Lord.  This means I need to take him seriously.