I am enjoying the 2015 Bible reading challenge so much! How did your Proverbs reading go this week? I found myself reading the chapter twice on many days as I lingered over my morning coffee. Let’s summarize chapters 10-15 this week. I read chapter 9 before posting on last Friday, so it was included in the summary “Because Wisdom is Calling Us.” When I look at the major focus of the chapters we read this week, I felt that this section seemed to be on guarding your mouth and gaining wisdom. It’s quite difficult to summarize the whole, but that was my takeaway. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
In the mean time, let’s take a peek at each chapter. Ready?
I feel like we’ve truly arrived in Proverbs land; haven’t we? Each verse is so rich and all the way through chapter 10, verse after verse, we discover truth after truth. There is so much in every chapter, but the verse I tweeted out on the 10th was:
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses. Proverbs 10:12
— Rachel Wojnarowski (@RachelWojo) January 10, 2015
This verse arrived in perfect time for me. Love it when God does that!
Several verses in Proverbs 11 mention guarding your mouth and using it properly. I meditated on the second half of verse 25:
and one who waters will himself be watered.
When we offer encouragement to others, we find ourselves encouraged! Isn’t that powerful?
If using words effectively is an issue for you, be sure to check out Karen Ehman’s latest book, Keep It Shut, up for giveaway in yesterday’s post.
More words of wisdom are contained in chapter 12 and the ones that spoke to me the most loudly were those on controlling the tongue. Yesterday I shared with you one of those verses, but the other one that I thought about throughout the day of reading this chapter was Proverbs 12:25.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. Proverbs 12:25
I can hardly believe that half of this month is over. In thinking about all the goals and planning that are known to be a part of the beginning of a new year, I found it interesting that two verses in this chapter sort of mimicked one another.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. v. 12
A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools. v. 19
Staying focused on how it is going to feel when we reach that goal, that dream, that plan… no matter what it is, can propel us forward to actually reaching that goal.
This chapter is packed with wisdom and every verse offers incredible wisdom. The verse in this chapter that resonated with me was really only half of a verse.
In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. v. 23
For some reason those words “mere talk” really stood out to me. We can talk about it all day long. No matter what “it” is. But until we put the work behind it, talk is cheap and will bring no worth.
Chapter 15 contains many verses on controlling our mouths and obtaining wisdom. There are many nuggets of truth in this chapter and I found it interesting that physical body parts, specifically the ear, the heart, and the tongue, often provide the visual image for the meaning behind the truth. Solomon had a unique style of writing these pithy sayings and yet his overall intention in writing Proverbs is clear. I felt that the last verse of this chapter summed up the reading very well so far:
The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor. v. 33
Wow- we covered an enormous amount of material in a week! But I’d love to hear about your study. Take a moment and choose one or two of these questions to answer and share with the rest of us.
Did you feel a “theme” to the chapters you read, perhaps something that continually popped out at you during the reading?
How important do you think Solomon feels it is to use positive words in everyday life? Is there a particular person in your life with whom you find this most difficult? You don’t need to share who, but perhaps you could share why you have realized you have power in the words you choose.
Was there a particular verse that stood out to you in chapter 15?
Looking forward to learning from you all. Have a fabulous Friday!