Proverbs 1-3

When Solomon became the King of Israel he “…showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the statutes of his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.” (1Kings 3:3) Solomon loved God just as his father David did, but he was still falling short. He was involved in idolatry just as many people are today. Idolatry is simply putting something or someone before God in your life. It could be a relationship that you value more than your relationship with the Father. It could be material things you are pursuing. It is anything you put before God. So how did Solomon grow and do better?

One day the Lord spoke to him saying, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” What an opportunity! Solomon could ask God for anything he wanted! As a king he could have asked for long life, wealth, or the death of his enemies. Instead he asked for what he needed most-WISDOM.

“Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong…”  The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this, so He said to him, ‘Since you did not ask for long life, or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.” (1 Kings 3:7-13)

Solomon felt overwhelmed with the responsibility he was given by the Lord. Do you ever feel that way? In order to truly serve God and fulfill His purpose for us, we need WISDOM. A wise and discerning heart that can discern between good and evil. Our Father blessed Solomon in this way, and because Solomon asked for wisdom, God blessed him also with riches and honor so that he had no equal among kings.

Brothers and sisters, God has done even more for us. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). We need wisdom to do what is right and to show God how much we love Him by what we do. (1 John 5:3)

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Proverbs 1:7) In six days, the Lord created the entire universe. He knows every thought and attitude of your heart and everyone else who exists and has ever existed! He knows the number of hairs on our heads as well as the rest of the billions of people on the planet. His thoughts outnumber the grains of sand on every seashore. Our Father is more mighty and holy and awesome and powerful than we can comprehend. Only the fool says in his heart that there is no God (Psalm 14:1), and the fool despises wisdom. We who know the Lord need to fear Him and stand in awe of Him. Pursue wisdom and grow in the knowledge of Him who made you!!


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MONDAY: Read Proverbs 1:1-7There are at least ten benefits to gain from Proverbs. Write down the benefits you find. Look up any words that you are unfamiliar with so that you will understand the benefits more fully.

 

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TUESDAY: Review the list you made above. Read Proverbs 1:8-19What is the outcome for those who give in to sinners who entice or tempt them? Write down your answers here. Meditate on verse 19 and ask yourself if you still pursue ill-gotten gain in any way.

 

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WEDNESDAY: Read Proverbs 1:20-33. Write down at least three benefits to gaining wisdom and three consequences to rejecting it.

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THURSDAY: Read Proverbs 2 after reviewing your answers above. This chapter points out some awesome benefits of wisdom. Write down eight things God calls us to do to gain wisdom. What are the benefits of doing these things?

 

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FRIDAY: Read Proverbs 3. What does the Lord require of you for you to experience all the benefits of wisdom?  List at least 10 things below.  Remember to pray for yourself and those who you influence to grow in the knowledge and wisdom of the Lord.

 

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*Family Devotional Ideas:

  • Read Proverbs 1:1-7 together and go over the list of benefits with your family.
  1. Make a poster with the word wisdom at the center. Decorate the poster by writing some of the benefits of wisdom all around the word. Discuss the benefits of listening to God and pray for wisdom together.

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