Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Book of Proverbs #1: Do You Cry to God for Knowledge and Understanding?

One of my favorite books in the Bible, is the Book of Proverbs, that should be the Christian's "self help" book, not the psychology and secular based literature out there that will give you bad worldly advice often with a New Age tinge. The whole Bible serves as the Christian's guide, but Proverbs serves a purpose too in being a very direct book. One thing about Proverbs it does point to the harlot too in different ways and warns of the wicked, but one other overriding theme in Proverbs, is the crying to God for knowledge and understanding. This book helps a Christian bring their mind into conformity with God. One thing I have always said about God, is He wants you to use your brain, unlike so many of the cults that cry for you to shut your brain off either for contemplative or blind obedience purposes, this is what God said: Isa 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD". God desires for you to learn and grow in Him. A Christian open to this teaching of the Holy Spirit will be less open to deception via the wolves out there.

Right from the start, the Book of Proverbs outlines it's purpose:

Pro 1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
Pro 1:4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
Pro 1:5 A wise [man] will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

Notice there, it outlines how one will learn wisdom, justice and judgement, etc. The theme for the desiring of knowledge continues through out Proverbs:

Pro 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, [and] liftest up thy voice for understanding;

That is one thing for Christians to ask themselves, do you cry for knowledge, do you ask God to understand? Something to think about. This is one thing Christians should do often is ask God to understand something and if they are asking questions about something to ask God for the answers and have the Holy Spirit lead them to the solution. There have been many times, I have told God: "Lord, I do not understand, please show me what to do, or what the truth is" and with time, and prayer and studying His Word, God will never disappoint a sincere request for wisdom and understanding. By the way, apply this to ALL areas of life, not just religious inquiries, but day to day life, where prayers for wisdom in handling different situations, is the best way to go.

Proverbs is direct in warning about wickedness in the world and pitfalls the Christian will encounter, of course these verses as I have mentioned point to the harlot as well.

Pro 3:7 ¶ Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Here the Christian is to be humble before the Lord, and realize it is the Lord's wisdom that keeps you going. I see some who fall into the 2 Tim 3:7 pit of ever learning but never coming into the truth where pride rules. The humble Christian knows there is a lot for them still to learn.

Here is another interesting verse from the same chapter:

Pro 3:19 ¶ The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

Pro 3:20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

Pro 3:21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

This points to the wisdom and understanding of God and then implores people to not let their eyes fall away from the wisdom and discretion of God. This theme as well as many others runs through the book of Proverbs. [when the Bible repeats something, it means it is very important]

Pro 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget [it] not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Pro 7:4 Say unto wisdom, Thou [art] my sister; and call understanding [thy] kinswoman:

Pro 8:9 They [are] all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

Pro 8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

Pro 14:6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and [findeth it] not: but knowledge [is] easy unto him that understandeth.


Akin Akinboyewa said...

Psalm 40:29.....And I paraphrase...Wisdom is like unto the mouth, while understanding is like unto the heart.
In the age of wisdom and hunger for knowledge and power, God's people are still wanting for spiritual understanding that can only come through God's Holy Spirit.
In the age of church goers seeking desperately to have their experiences match up to what the preacher's saying.....as opposed to letting the scriptures interpret itself...

Bible Believer said...

Thanks Akin, for that verse too.

Perhaps we have entered the time predicted in scripture where there would be a famine of the preaching of God.

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:” Amos 8:11

Christians are taught to follow the Holy Spirit as the "teacher" that matters, that time of tutors and govenors is over, and this reliance is impervative for the Christian today.

Anyone relying on the teaching and preaching of men now instead of listening to God or praying for His wisdom and understanding is going to be in a very poor place.

You are right, they got and test everything including themselves by the preachers words. Everything becomes conformity to a man instead of conformity to God and His Word.

Anonymous said...

BB: Anyone relying on the teaching and preaching of men now instead of listening to God or praying for His wisdom and understanding is going to be in a very poor place.

Amen, BB!

Anon. #1

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