Through the Book of Proverbs

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight…Proverbs 1:1

Among English speakers, the Book of Proverbs is the book that has provided wisdom and discernment to the people who have read it. Rev. Billy Graham made it a point to read a chapter a day each month (31 chapters, 30-31 days in a month). If we did that for 50 or 60 years and applied even some of the teaching, we’d be very wise. Over the course of the next few months I want to go through as many verses as possible in this book. I can’t guarantee that I will touch upon every verse but I’ll make an attempt. Obviously I will have many devotions on wisdom and discernment, which, as I see it, cannot be a bad thing

Solomon is generally accepted as the author of this book, as stated in the first verse. We consider him to be perhaps the wisest man ever. In the Book of Ecclesiastes, we also see how much of his thiinking was played out, exactly what he did to test and prove that wisdom. But for now, he provides us with a basic framework for what is to come in the next 31 chapters. Essentially, he is saying early in the book that if you heed this wisdom you will be far better than the one who has never read them or the one who reads them but never applies them.

I would like to challenge you to read a chapter a day for the next month, starting today. Since this is posted on the 10th, read Chapter 10. Tomorrow read chapter 11 and so on. Make it into a habit to set aside a few minutes each day to read a chapter, then the second part of the challenge is to apply one verse to your situation. Just one. Don’t try to do it all, just one. Then throughout the month, let me know how you’re doing. I’d love to know.

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