Recently, I picked up a copy of the book The Richest Man Who Ever Lived by Steven K. Scott. This book challenges readers to read a chapter in the Book of Proverbs every day for a month. Readers then reflect on the chapter they have just read. Ideally, the Wise will repeat the process month after month.
I have determined a personal and perpetual need for wisdom in my life. The challenge spoke to me. I have been reading a good deal this year, and it is certainly time for me to undertake another writing project. So. Here we Go. Chapter 1 - The Book of Proverbs.
"For Giving Wisdom and Instruction."
Solomon was chosen by God to succeed King David on the throne...Big shoes to fill. In a dream, God told Solomon to ask for something to aid his reign... anything he wanted. Solomon spoke of his responsibility to the people of Israel and asked for wisdom to rule justly. Well Done, Solomon. With talents and wisdom directly on loan from God Almighty, Solomon quickly established himself as someone from which we might gain growth and insight.
"For Giving Wisdom and Instruction." Yes. That is what I am after. Let get to it.
Proverbs was written for the betterment of the simple, the young, and the already wise. As an individual who has abandoned youth and flirted with wisdom, I have learned that the value and meaning of a text will often change with perception, experience, and attitude. I have no doubt that meaning and application of this text will evolve, ever so slightly, as the student reads and re-reads the text. As wisdom increases, capacity for wisdom increases exponentially. As we learn more, as we experience more, as we reflect more we develop a greater potential for wisdom.
Chapter One includes a VERY clear warning to stay clear of the invitations of sinful men. Touche! We are all easily seduced by the Dark Side. Similar to the graduated scale of learning and wisdom to which I alluded in the previous paragraph, the levels of evil and evil deeds intensify accordingly.
Ahh...but Lady Wisdom. "Out in the open Wisdom Calls." We are all invited to increase our capacity for wisdom, to increase our capacity for goodness and combat the seductive invitations of sinful men. If we choose to ignore the calls to Wisdom, we have little recourse: Bad things will come our way. I believe that too is a lesson we will learn from Solomon.