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Their purpose is to teach wisdom and discipline,
to help one understand wise sayings.
They provide insightful instruction,
which is righteous, just, and full of integrity.
They make the naive mature,
the young knowledgeable and discreet.
The wise hear them and grow in wisdom;
those with understanding gain guidance.
They help one understand proverbs and difficult sayings,
the words of the wise, and their puzzles.
(Prov 1:1-6) (CEB)
Lately, I have been studying the book of Proverbs. Proverbs is one of my favorite books because I cannot tell you the countless times these verses have provided the answers to life's toughest problems in my life. I, also, found that when you dig into the bible, you can find some precious treasures in life. Brethren, when you study the Bible, don't read it as a newspaper. Learn to read it as God's love letter to you.
Also, take advantage of technology. Bilbegateway offers a great way to enhance your bible studies with the different versions at hand. I am a fan of the King James version but I have found that you can find some nuggets of learning using different versions. I will enclose a link below,
I want you to pay attention to Proverbs 1:1-6. Notice on verse 6 (Common English Bible), it says that the words of the wise are like puzzles. When I was a kid, I liked doing puzzles. There were 100 piece puzzles which were easy to solve and there were 300 to 500 pieces, which were hard. The 500 piece puzzle required attention to detail and discipline. Sometimes, when I would take on the harder puzzle, my parents and sister would help.
In life, Circumstances can be a hard puzzle to solve. Sometimes, we need the church and the Pastor to provide the missing part but the most important of all is God! He has the missing piece of the puzzle. Life will give us a curve ball with its difficulties and challenges. Sometimes, we pull our hairs out and bite our nails thinking about our problems. I have good news---Get the missing piece of the puzzle in life. God is waiting to help you solve that mystery!
I want to issue out a challenge. Dig into the book of Proverbs. Study it! Meditate on it and even memorize it and see what God won't do! It will help you in the long run. So, today ask the Lord for wisdom. Remember Christ is made unto you wisdom. He is the know it all with all the answers in life and he lives in you. God bless.