A Wise Foundation

Eric Dougherty

The writings contained in Proverbs are often referred to as "wisdom literature." The lessons contained throughout the book are both deeply spiritual and practical.

These writings are also foundational for a correct understanding of scripture. The book begins with Solomon's inspired reflections: "To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding, to receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity ..." v. 2, 3. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction," v. 7. The book continues with insight into the value of living by the commands of God. Correctly understanding the world and the Bible - even our very lives - depends on finding and keeping a godly perspective.

Fearing God will help us not to stray outside the boundaries He has set. As we grow in knowledge and wisdom, we will soon learn that the Lord's way is best and, then, have an even greater desire to serve Him. Further obedience, which leads to further growth, will, hopefully, kindle a deeper appreciation and love for God, Christ, and His church. If we truly have godly understanding, we will meet the definition from God. "Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom ...But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy" James 3:13, 14, 17.

Hopefully, none of us feel that we have attained all the knowledge or wisdom that is possible for us to attain. If we are humble enough to admit we need further understanding, we should follow the instruction in James, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him," 1:5. -1634 New Bern St., Newport, NC 28570.


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