Hi! So you've completed the first wisdom book, Job, and are now entering into the second major wisdom book, Proverbs. Proverbs are the composed of the practical wisdom while the psalms and Job are more of the spiritual/emotional wisdom. As such, the proverbs found in the Bible are timeless and I would not be shocked for you to discover that lessons taught to you by your parents or grandparents are modified versions of the proverbs that you will find ahead. Today is an introduction to the Proverbs through the eyes of Solomon, David's son, and the second King of Israel. Let's see what God has to say to us about practical living through the words of lady wisdom in the book of Proverbs <3
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
What does this teach me about God?
What does this teach me about humanity?
What have I learned from my parents? What did they learn from their parents? How much of the wisdom we inherit is from loved ones?
- My Thoughts -
In lieu of my thoughts I recommend you watch the Bible Project's commentary on the book of proverbs. As per usual, it's mega beautiful.
Our prayer today is inspired by hymn 153 in our United Methodist Hymnal - Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose. (Oooo a Charles Wesley hymn!)
I invite you to pray the words of this hymn either by humming, singing, or reciting the words.
1 Thou hidden source of calm repose,
thou all-sufficient love divine,
my help and refuge from my foes,
secure i am, if thou art mine:
and lo, from sin, and grief, and shame,
I hide me, Jesus, in thy name.
2 Thy mighty name salvation is,
and keeps my happy soul above;
comfort it brings, and power, and peace,
and joy, and everlasting love:
to me, with thy dear name, are given
pardon, and holiness, and heaven.
3 Jesus, my all in all thou art:
my rest in toil, my ease in pain,
the medicine of my broken heart,
in war my peace, in loss my gain,
my smile beneath the tyrant's frown,
in shame my glory and my crown;
4 In want my plentiful supply, in weakness my almighty power, in bonds my perfect liberty, my light in Satan's darkest hour, in grief my joy unspeakable, my life in death, my heaven in hell.