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Wisdom to Live By

How does God typically give us wisdom?  The answer is:  through his Word.  As we read the Bible, God gives us insight and instruction.  Through the Scriptures, he shows us how to live in ways that are good for us and for his glory.

But, you might reasonably ask, “What portion of the Bible should I read?”  After all, the Bible is a big book.  Where should I start?

A habit I highly recommend and have practiced for years is to read a chapter of the book of Proverbs every day.  There are 31 chapters in this biblical book of wisdom.  So, just read the chapter whose number corresponds to the date.

So, for instance, today I read Proverbs chapter 13 since today is March 13.  And here is a sampling of some of the practical wisdom I found.

Cultivate a teachable spirit.   The very first verse of this chapter says:  “A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke” (ESV).

Watch what you say.  Verse three says:  “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin” (ESV).  Or as the NIV translates the end of this verse, “he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.”

Beware of “get rich quick” schemes.  Verse eleven says:  “Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it” (ESV).

Assign a high value to knowledge and learning.  Verse sixteen says:  “In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly” (ESV).  Only a fool about his ignorance!

Choose your friends carefully.  Verse twenty says:  “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (ESV).

Leave an inheritance.  Verse twenty-two says:  “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous” (ESV).

Lovingly discipline your child.  Verse twenty-four says:  “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him” (ESV).

This is but a sample from one day’s reading of the Proverbs.  When you read a chapter a day, day after day, God will give you a wealth of wisdom to live by!