The 20th book of the Bible is by far one of the most practical and applicable pieces of Scripture in the entire Word of God. Containing 31 chapters, it is a book that many people read on a daily basis (July 1 – Proverbs 1, July 2 – Proverbs 2, July 3 – Proverbs 3, and so on). The reason this book is so applicable and is read so frequently, is because it is a book of wisdom.
The book of Proverbs was written by the wisest man who ever lived (apart from Christ), Solomon. Solomon was endowed with incredible wisdom, when He asked it of God instead of fame, power, or wealth. Solomon wisely asked for wisdom from God, because God owns all the wisdom as James tells us in James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God…”.
Solomon’s desire in the book is to give instruction and wisdom to the simple. He wants to impart wisdom to those who seek to live a life in step with God. The phrase “my son” is used quite frequently, and has a double mean. Solomon wanted his son Rehoboam to act in wisdom, but he also desires any God follower to live a life of wisdom too. My son designates a simple one (one who is ignorant) who seeks God.
The book of Proverbs presents several “character” qualities that are used quite frequently. The wise is the one who has adhered to God’s teachings and principles and walks with God. The simple is one who is young (in age or maturity) and still has much to learn and decide about their direction of life… they are identified as ignorant or unlearned (not a bad thing, they just don’t know yet). The scorner is a hater of God and the truth who will blatantly do the opposite of God’s wisdom. Give the scorner the opportunity and they will distort and destroy God’s wisdom and those who try to follow it’s truth. A fool is the pinnacle of rebellion against God, because the fool attempts to live their life as an atheist. They know there is a God, but they live life as if there is no God, and constantly say “NO” to God. The sluggard is the lazy one who will not do. The sluggard is often seen in danger and trouble because of their own slothful ways. There are other characters and attributes found in Proverbs, but this introduces you to the main ones.
Proverbs is a book that will help you tremendously in your walk with the Lord. Read it thoughtfully and meditate on it’s wonderful truths. The proverbs of the Lord will bless you richly if you will allow them to. Enjoy these 31 chapters of pure wisdom.