Do you need wisdom so you can become skilled at godly living? Then become a student of Proverbs. It can transform your way of thinking.
Struggling through reading the lesser-known Old Testament passages and long prophetic oracles may seem to have little relevance to everyday 21st-century life. But there are important things we can learn from the Old Testament. First, the New Testament is based on the Old Testament. Second, the Old Testament reveals the character of God. Third, the Old Testament has transformational power. Its message transcends time, geography, and culture. It speaks to everyone, everywhere, in every situation.
The therapeutic value of music is nothing new. So it was with David, the youthful king-elect, who was more than a faithful shepherd and a man of valour. He was first known as a skilful musician, a talent that brought him face-to-face with his predecessor, King Saul.
David showed himself strong in the little things…so God selected him for big things. Take a look at how that selection transpired.
In Ecclesiastes 1:14, King Solomon says “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” If there is nothing to be hopeful about “under the sun,” there must be something beyond it.
“A man after God's own heart” can only refer to one person in Scripture: David. The youngest son of Jesse. On and on we could go, but first, focus on God’s working and preparation behind the scenes.
There’s nothing like talking to someone who has been there to learn what it’s all about. Where are you looking for answers to learn the meaning of life? Take it from King Solomon, you won’t find it in anywhere but in Christ.
King Solomon called the attempt to find meaning in this world, “chasing after the wind.” In his journal, the book of Ecclesiastes, he talks about the difficulty of a life lived apart from Christ.
Reading the book of Proverbs will give you reverence for the Lord. We need that today. A deep reverence and respect for God.
King Solomon lived out his dreams. He enjoyed every pleasure the world had to offer, and it came up short. Solomon discovered living a life devoted to pleasure is meaningless.
If you need wisdom to become skilled at godly living, become a student of the Proverbs. It’s one of the riches volumes of vertical wisdom for horizontal living ever written.