Learning Wisdom From the Book of Proverbs
The book of Proverbs is part of the Bible's "Wisdom Literature." Along with Job, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs in the Old Testament, it teaches us how to avoid the pitfalls of life. These short proverbs deal with various aspect of human experience and guide us toward the way of right living. The book of Proverbs has one overarching encouragement, to seek after wisdom. It tells us that wisdom can be found, not just by a few special people, but by everyone. But it must be sought like buried treasure. It must be viewed as a precious jewel. We must seek after it diligently and not let go of it for all our days. We must understand from the start that true wisdom always begins with God. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." Proverbs 9:10. At the end of each lesson, there is a proverb that captures the theme of that particular lesson. You are invited to try to commit it to memory. The book of Proverbs teaches that wisdom can be found, but only by those who search for it diligently. May these lessons create in us a hunger to learn the wisdom that comes from God.