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Proverbs - On the Spiritual Life, Prov 2:1-22, 30:1-9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:05

 

1. What makes Proverbs unique and different from other wisdom traditions?

We are all familiar with wisdom from other traditions. Almost every culture that I am aware of has some sort of collection of proverbial sayings:

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.”

So what makes Proverbs in the Bible different and unique?

For the Lord grants wisdom!

From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Prov 2:6)

For wisdom will enter your heart,

And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. (Prov 2:10)

 

Proverbs is unique in that it is wisdom that comes through a relationship with a kind, loving, and wise God who revealed himself to us as Father. As well, not only is Proverbs good for insight, relationships, and a good life; it is pleasant to our souls. It nourishes our spiritual life and it satisfies the longings of our hearts. This is what makes Proverbs surpass other wisdom traditions (I Kings 4:30).

 

2. What does Proverbs teach us about the Spiritual Life?

Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,

but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,

but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble. (Prov 28:13-14)

Proverbs teach us that a relationship with God is essential in order to gain wisdom. This is what we call the spiritual life.

 

3. What aspects of the spiritual life will help us gain wisdom?

In order for us to be able to receive wisdom, three key attributes emerge from the book of Proverbs. They are:

Humility

When pride comes, then comes disgrace,

but with humility comes wisdom (Prov 11:2)

Ability to Listen

Let the wise listen and add to their learning

and let the discerning get guidance (Prov 1:5)

Purity of Heart

The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse,

but he delights in those whose ways are blameless. (Prov 11:20)

 

Peace and grace, John

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 February 2018 11:44