The First Part of an Eight Part Series on The Seven Rules of Life Which Begins today, March 21, 2016
I would like to be perfect, but I’m not. To be honest, at times I suffer from a nagging sense of imperfection. I have always wanted to do well. And life teaches us that while we can’t be perfect, we can change and grow. God gave us the Bible so we would know how to think and act. And one part of the Bible, the book of Proverbs, shows us how to think and live smarter. The Proverbs were written to give me skills when I was younger, and now that I am older, they still help me to understand life and make better decisions.
The first line of the book tells us that Solomon wrote it. And then in the next five verses he tells us that by carefully reading and thinking about what he says, we can become highly skilled learners.
First, I am taught how to think:
1:2 To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight,
Second, I am taught how to act:
1:3 To receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice and equity;
Third, They were written for me when I was young:
1:4 To give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth –
Fourth, Now that I am older there is still more to learn:
1:5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,
And Fifth, The Proverbs are alive. They teach me how to understand what wise people talk about:
1:6 To understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.
This is the introduction to the book of Proverbs. How to be smarter by becoming a highly skilled learner. In the next few weeks I’ll write about the Seven Rules of Life that Solomon wants us to learn in the first Nine chapters of Proverbs. The first rule is the most important.
Dr James P Porowski Licensed Psychologist Professor Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Raleigh NC March 21, 2016