Tonight I’m posting from Austin, TX where I’m excited to spend the next two days at the If:Gathering seeing God move among women. I’m sure you’ll hear more about it before the weekend is over, but for now, it’s Friday and time to check in with our February Bible Reading Challenge!
What kind of crazy woman decides to read Proverbs for a second month in a row at one chapter a day? Ummm. Me. And wow, it is just.so.rich. I think I said that last month. In fact, I may have even said that last week! I’m not going to look at my weekly summaries from last month’s sharing until I write out this week’s. This week we covered Proverbs 1-5, so let’s summarize what we’ve learned so far, ready?
The book of Proverbs was written by Solomon as instruction to his son. The first chapter outlines the topics Solomon is calling his son to attend to; most specifically he emphasizes the importance of obtaining wisdom above anything else.
Why does Solomon feel that wisdom is the most important thing to obtain?
Chapter 2 continues to emphasize the benefits of wisdom and the life value that wisdom offers. The verse I honed in on for this chapter was verse 5. Sometimes I think we want to gain wisdom by osmosis. Solomon tells us we must seek it like a hidden treasure. Today I “lost” a check. Now I knew it was in the house and I just had it in my hand. But I thought I lost it and I immediately started looking. You can bet I was looking for it like a mad woman for a few minutes. Moving quickly, darting all around the kitchen, using all my best effort to recall what I did with it and search for it, I found it. God says that’s how we should search for wisdom- like our life depends on it.
I know, I’m a broken record on this one. But Proverbs 3:5 came alive to me afresh this week. I was seriously doubting a few of recent decisions and woke up asking God “Are you sure…??” When Proverbs 3:5 came right into the picture. It was like God said to me, “Oh yes. I’m sure. Now hush it, Girl.”
Have you ever felt God whisper to your heart to shush?
Solomon spends an entire chapter talking to his son about the importance of understanding and obeying authority, especially one’s parents. In the middle of the chapter though, he gives an admonition with purpose, Proverbs 4:23:
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
We live in a world that is beginning to be physically heart-healthy. If only we watched our spiritual intake for a healthy heart as closely as the physical.
Why do you think it is so easy not to keep an eye our spiritual heart health?
Chapter 5 is a firm warning against the adulterous woman and this week, today actually, I found verse 21 to be a wonderful summary of the chapter:
For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths.
What does this verse mean to you?
I can’t wait to hear from you today! Will you share what you learned this week?
And if you’d like to see these graphics each day as you go through the Proverbs study, I post one almost every day on Instagram, just follow me over there!
Oh, PS! If you want to take a peek at the summary post from the first week in January to see how the chapter summaries might be similar or different, look at Wisdom Is Calling Us.