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Essential Weekly – Proverbs Week 1

What do you have wisdom about? 

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When I think about wisdom, I often think of my grandma. When it comes to laundry, she is the wisest person I know. It sounds silly to think of, but she knew everything there was to know about fabrics and stains and special tricks to fix anything at all. It didn’t matter if you spilled red paint on a white shirt, she could get it out in no time.

Maybe for you, you have wisdom about music or fishing or cooking or marriage. Either way, I have no doubt there’s something you consider yourself wise about. Or, perhaps if you are feeling humble today, there is something that you know other people consider you wise about.

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Yet, outside of all our earthly wisdom, the Lord wants us to have a special type of wisdom, a gift that only He can bestow upon us. He lays the foundation regarding Biblical wisdom throughout the book of Proverbs, and today we can learn so much from each passage.

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In Proverbs 1, Solomon talks about the importance of wisdom and why we should want to grow in it, “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance — for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:5-7).

I love how this set of verses captures the book of Proverbs so well. Verse 7 speaks of the idea that fearing the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but that’s the thing, fearing the Lord is only the BEGINNING. We still have so much more to learn from our heavenly Father.

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It’s easy to run from criticism or advice or instruction. We have all been there. Yet, God speaks through Solomon that we have a higher calling than being but a fool.

How often have you wished that God was sitting right beside you to tell you what to do? Or to give you advice on a decision ? Or to help you understand what He is doing?

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Proverbs is truly a roadmap for us to understand the heart of God more clearly and feel more equipped in our everyday life. We may not be able to call God on the phone and immediately receive an answer, but we can know His heart through the book of Psalms.

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In Hebrew, the word “wisdom” goes deeper than just knowledge or understanding; it speaks of a relationship. Throughout Proverbs, the word “Chakam” or “Chakemah” (the feminine version) is often used. This word symbolizes wisdom that comes from “knowing one’s heart”, it’s intimate knowledge of the heart of God. I don’t know about you, but Chakam is the type of wisdom that I hope to be filled with. 

And that is exactly the type of wisdom we find in Proverbs.

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Proverbs 2:10-11 discusses two ways that wisdom can truly help us, “For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.”

We all crave protection and something to guard us. Wisdom has the ability to do this for us! As we begin to study Proverbs together over the next few weeks, I hope that you feel encouraged and empowered to seek intimacy with the Lord and receive more wisdom than you ever thought possible.

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Pray with me,

Father, I thank you for your word and the way it fills my soul. I pray that as I dive into Proverbs, you teach me so many things about the way I should live my life. Help me to grow closer to you and seek an intimate knowledge of your heart for your children. I thank you for who you are and the way you love me.

Amen.

(For more info on the study of Chakam, check out https://www.chaimbentorah.com/2014/07/word-study-wisdoms/ OR https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/hebrew/nas/chakam.html)