“For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding … then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go… Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.” (Proverbs 2:6, 9, and 11, NLT)
The Book of Proverbs is a study in contrasts. The godly vs. the wicked. The hard worker vs. the lazy person.
Generosity vs. greediness. People with common sense vs. those without it. Integrity vs. dishonesty. Those who accept correction and those who reject it.
If you can identify a character trait (good or positive), chances are, Proverbs has something to say about it and how it affects our everyday lives. Its practical approach to living makes it the perfect instruction manual for teaching our children how to live disciplined lives.
Proverbs shows us:
Solomon tells us wisdom, understanding, and insight are like treasure. And we should seek them as though they are (Proverbs 2:4).
Do you want your children to walk on a guarded and protected path? To have a deep well of common sense? Seek wisdom (Proverbs 2:7-8).
Do you want your children to be filled with joy? Seek a wise heart (Proverbs 2:10).
Do you want your children to be saved from evil and immoral people? Wise choices and understanding will keep them safe (Proverbs 2:11-19).
Not only does pursuing wisdom protect us from the pitfalls of sin, it deepens our relationship with our Creator. God is the author of wisdom. As we seek and gain it, we begin to understand His heart and His ways (Proverbs 2:5).
When we’re faced with the choice between generosity and greediness, or integrity and dishonesty, may we walk in the way of wisdom … understanding what is right, just, and fair.