Each day I will be posting from the daily Bible Reading plan we will be doing at West Side. On weekdays we will be going through the New Testament. On the weekends we will read passages from the Old Testament books of Psalms and Proverbs. We invite you to join along.
Today begins our journey through the book of Proverbs. Proverbs is a book of short sayings that tend to be true from life experience. Proverbs however are not promises. If that were the case Proverbs 22:6, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it,” would always come true. While that tends to be true it is not always the case. Proverbs are also not commands. So how do we use the book of Proverbs? We must remember that they are general principles of life tested by the ages applicable to everyone.
Today’s reading, Proverbs 1, is consumed with the idea of wisdom. Verse 7 stands out when it says “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Do you seek knowledge or do you despise it? Do you grow in knowledge every day or do you allow nuggets of truth in one ear and out the other?
I love knowledge. If I could I would spend all day searching through articles on Wikipedia learning everything I could about anything possible. But is this beneficial knowledge? What is good Knowledge? What is bad knowledge? According to scripture good knowledge is fear of the Lord. Knowing who he is, knowing what he does, knowing his grace and love and his wrath is what we are to be gaining each day.
How does your knowledge stack up? Do you fear God, or do you fall into the category of the fool?