Monday Motivator – September 5

How desperately people need wisdom today. Our world needs men and women who are willing to honor God with their words, lives, and service. Problems and challenges have always existed, yet our generation faces issues that defy easy solutions. God’s way has been to raise up men and women who will point people back to God. That means we need Christ-honoring people of influence whose vison is clear and whose words and example are steadfast and trustworthy.

Scripture suggests that we who follow Jesus should aspire to be men and women who walk in wisdom as we offer an imitatable example and counsel to our family, friends, and colleagues on campus and in the marketplace.

I have learned that daily life is full of moments of small choices, habits if you will, and no habit is more important than daily devotion. It’s a chance to meet with the Creator of all, who makes Himself available to us through nature, holy Scripture, and prayer.

Read Proverbs 3:5-6.

The book of Proverbs, part of the Wisdom Literature of the Hebrews’ older testament, is a compilation of short statements with a very practical point of action. Though written by multiple authors who are named in the various sections, King Solomon actually wrote the majority of Proverbs captured in thirty-one chapters in the Bible.

Solomon was the third King of Israel (after Saul and David), and he reigned on the throne approximately 970-930 B.C. During his kingly rule, he wrote thousands of songs and proverbs (1 Kings 4:32). What is interesting to me about Solomon is how he became wise. Once he succeeded his father David to the kingship of Israel, God appeared to him in a dream and offered him the desire of his heart (1 Kings 3:1-28). To his credit (and partly due to the influence of his father, I believe), Solomon asked God for wisdom to lead the people of Israel.

The Book of Proverbs collects the God-given wisdom Solomon developed in poetical figures of speech, figurative language, and wise sayings that has a verbal and visual impact on its readers. The general idea is to provide moral wisdom and common (or uncommon) sense for living well.

Proverbs addresses topics like the purpose for wisdom, why wisdom is supreme, warnings against folly, the power and consequences of words and life choices, healthy relationships, advice worth listening to, and the attractiveness of virtuous women.

I have often told my children to read a chapter of Proverbs a day and practice it. My suggestion to others is the same. Read the Book of Proverbs as a regular part of your spiritual diet. Its thirty- one chapters fit nicely into many months of the annual calendar. I have seen how the “proverbs challenge or diet” is accessible to many who do not read that much, due to its content being short statements and ideas that are easy to learn and hard to forget.

Grow devotionally. Start a simple discipline of reading and practicing the wisdom of Proverbs that can change the course of your life, affect your choices and character, inspire your friends to follow your example of living life well, and know why they are doing so. Let’s be people who are growing in wisdom.

Love is a verb,

Mike Olejarz

©2016 by Mike Olejarz

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