Proverbs 1 – Start with God….

Good morning y’all. Welcome back from our summer break 🙂

Today we begin our study of Proverbs. I’m excited to see what God has in store for us.

For those joining the blogs for the 1st time, I’m blogging through the bible with Good Morning Girls. You can check out the group at www.goodmorninggirls.org.

We are studying chapter 1 today. The chapter is divided into sections. The 1st 6 verses tells us the benefits of Proverbs. Verses 7-19 tells us the beginning of wisdom and to stay away from evil counsel. Verses 20 – 33 tells us what happens to the one who refuses to heed the call of wisdom.

Be blessed 🙂

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I will start with the benefits of reading Proverbs. According to verse 3 -6, Proverbs can:

– Teach us how to live intelligently
– Teach us how to be honest, just and fair
– Make us clever
– Make us resourceful
– Add to our existing knowledge
– Give us guidance

I sure want all of that!!! If you do as well, then you are in the right place 🙂 . These are all the benefits we can get from reading this book in the bible.

So where does it all start from? According to verse 7, the beginning of wisdom is the fear of God. In the message version this says

“Start with God —the first step in learning is bowing down to God ; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning”. (Pro.1:7 MSG)

Our starting point is God. Learning to humble and reverence Him is where wisdom, understanding and knowledge begins.

Another version says “respect and obey the Lord. This is the beginning of knowledge”. (CEVUS06)

The latter part of verse 7 tells us fools despise wisdom and discipline. It’s a fool that will always think he knows it all and doesn’t need to learn from any other person including God Almighty – the one who knows the end from the beginning. Why won’t you want to learn from Him?

Verse 19 in the NLT version struck me.
Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money; it robs them of life”. (Pro 1:19 NLT)

This is so true. It’s like we are never content…constantly wanting more and in the process forget to enjoy what we already have. Let’s stop chasing after temporal things that won’t last rather let’s chase after things of eternal value. It’s good to have money no doubt, but we mustn’t let our quest for money take control of our lives that we become slaves to the money. We are meant to master money and not money master us!

Refusing to learn from God only sets us up for failure and rejection. How can the creation say to the creator I know more than you do? Verse 28 – 30 says
“When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me. For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the Lord . They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them”. (Pro.1:28-30 NLT)

God is inviting us to come learn from Him. He is understanding, He is wisdom and He is knowledge. His way is the only sure way we can live a safe and peaceful life. Let’s heed His call

But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.” (Pro.1:33.NLT)

I pray we all make the right choice today.

Thank you for joining.

Feel free to leave your thoughts on the chapter 🙂

Have a blessed day 🙂

***With God all things are possible***

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