** Post includes this week’s reading summary of Proverbs and check-in.
February Bible Reading Challenge
Friday is here and today we check in for the January Bible Reading challenge. I’m so excited about continuing to focus on Proverbs again for the month of February! We will read one chapter a day except the last three days of the month, we will read two chapters a day. This plan will take us through the book of Proverbs during the month. Let’s continue to check in each Friday and share what God is teaching us with one another.
This Week’s Reading Summary
This week, we are summarizing Proverbs 23-29. the chapters we read from last Friday through today. Was there a particular chapter that stood out to you this week? Let’s take a look at each one individually.
Chapter 23 focuses on the foolishness of alcoholism and specifically outlines all the marks of addiction. I was able to hone in on verse 12:
Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.
Listening and applying are the key words in this chapter.
What kind of action did this chapter evoke from you?
I love the emphasis of hard work that Solomon places in this chapter. My parents always taught our family to work hard and I can easily picture Solomon lecturing his sons about the importance of honesty and good work ethics. Really this entire chapter would be an excellent employee handbook.
Feed your enemy. Not the typical words you anticipate from a very wealthy king. Solomon was surely the exception to the rule with his wisdom from God. In this chapter, I found myself focused on a single key verse, verse 11:
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Which verse captured your focus in chapter 25?
Chapter 26 is the comparison chapter; did you notice all the “like’s?” The word pictures Solomon paints offer common sense warnings to the one who will listen. Isn’t the timeless nature of these comparisons ever so classic?
My husband and I joke about verse 15 of chapter 27 quite often. There are a few other similarly-themed verses we throw back and forth in best marriage jesting as well, but this one is interesting.
A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike;
I don’t have a fond appreciation for rainy days. Oh I make the most of them, but you know those days that you simply must go out of the house for whatever reason and a continual drizzle of rain is nothing but flat out annoying? It never stops, you never get a break, and well, no matter what you do, you wind up soaked? If anyone knew what a quarrelsome wife was like, the man was Solomon; guess that’s what happens when you have over 700.
Chapter 27 is full of wisdom nuggets, bit after bit of food for thought. One more verse that stood out to me:
I feel that this chapter is another one difficult to summarize because there are many conclusions and thoughts you can pull from each verse or section of verses.
If you’ve been around here long, then you know that I have a radar for verses that are prayer -related. I found verse 9 quite interesting:
If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
As Christians, if we don’t do what we know to do, which is listening to what God’s Word says, then our relationship with God will not grow.
What is your application from verse 9?
In chapter 29, Solomon is warning his son of the pitfall of pride. Many of the verses speak to how a person of character should speak and act. Because I’m a word nerd, verse 20 called out to me…
“Haste makes waste” applies to words as well.
Why do you think Solomon feels words are so very valuable?
I apologize that the post is going up a bit late and hope that you’ll still have a moment to discuss your study for the week. I can’t wait to keep going in Proverbs for the month of February! Let’s soak up the wisdom together.