Get Wisdom and Live (Proverbs 4:1-9)

God continually urges us in the Proverbs to get wisdom and find life. As Christian school students, you are like the original audience of Proverbs in that you are being taught the truths of God’s Word from a young age. Many of you have been taught Scripture in your home and at church, and all of you are taught Scripture in your school classes and chapels at NRCA. But biblical wisdom is not just knowing truth, but believing and acting upon it. You have many opportunities to receive the wisdom of God, but do you want it? Are you seeking the wisdom of the Bible that you might find the good and joyful life that God has for you? Not an easy life – the Bible does not promise us that – but a life hidden in Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit. Life will be hard; to live it without God’s wisdom to lead you just makes it harder. Keep studying God’s Word on your own and with other believers this summer. Ask God to help you understand the passages you are reading and how they apply to your life. If you seek God’s wisdom with all your heart, you will find it and live. Read today’s passage and believe what God says about His Word.

The Text (Proverbs 4:1-9)

1 Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding;

2 For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law.

3 When I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,

4 He also taught me, and said to me: “Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live.

5 Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.

7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

8 Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.

9 She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”

Questions to Think About

1. How is reading the Bible different from reading other books?

2. When you read a Bible passage and don’t quite understand it, what do you do? What do you think that God would want you to do?

In Christ,

Mr. Reel

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