The great theologian Linus from the cartoon Charlie Brown once said, “I love mankind. It’s people I can’t stand!” Can you relate? Relationships, money, family, emotions, the list can go on and on. All the issues of life make things complex and cause us to ask “can’t life just be simple?” The sage of proverbs gives us wisdom for everyday life, wisdom for relationships, family, sexuality, emotions, circumstances, trials, good times, and bad. The book of proverbs gives hope in the everyday moments.
The sage tells us “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!... Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.” In other words there is no “easy button” in life, but life is filled with complexities, challenges, joys, hopes, and dreams that require wisdom and insight to navigate.
Too often the easy way is not the best way, the easy way can often lead to brokenness, regret, failure, and a world of hurt. The way of wisdom is the way of life. Life that is marked by the reality in tears of sorrow and joy, a journey with detours, a path that is narrow. Finding your way is about looking for that wisdom and insight from the source. Proverbs tells us that starting point of wisdom is the fear of God. Wisdom considers God in all that we do and say. Life lived through his perspective and walking through the difficulties not for simplicity but in such a way that brings life altering joy. Proverbs shows us that wisdom is found at the foot of the cross, where Jesus tells us he will never leave us nor forsake us because of what he has done.
Everyone is finding their own way in life, but our journey through proverbs will take us on a different path. The path of wisdom is the path that leads our hearts to be captivated by the redeeming love of God in Christ Jesus. This is a path that illuminates for us the way of wisdom and insight for everyday life at the foot of the cross.
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2.7 The Table of Wisdom and the table of folly - Proverbs 9
2/14 The Tongue - Proverbs 18:21
2/21 Humility - Proverbs 22:4
2/28 Family - Proverbs 22:6
3/6 Emotions - Proverbs 15:30
3/13 Friendship - Proverbs 18:24
3/20 Money - Proverbs 10.22