SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)
Being a piece of the Bible’s wisdom literature, the book of Proverbs is all about wisdom. Of course, we first need to know what wisdom is before we can study a book of wisdom. Biblically, wisdom is applied knowledge that gives you the skill to navigate through life’s twists and turns well. Just as a craftsman must develop the skill of his work, so wisdom is a skill that enables us to live life well.
The single most important lesson that Proverbs teaches us about wisdom is that begins with the fear of the LORD. This type of reverential fear comes from understanding that God is God and we are not God. And while that sounds elementary, our hearts tend to believe the exact opposite. Until we realize that God knows far better than we do, we can never have true wisdom.
As we enter the third chapter of Proverbs, we are presented with six sets of commands and blessings. These commands urge us to seek wisdom and apply it to how we live our lives. The blessings that follow are abundant. They promise favor, longevity, and prosperity. Of course, we must understand that these promises are generally true in this life, but they will be fulfilled completely for all eternity.
Read Proverbs 3:1-12 and discuss the following.
- Which verses stood out most to you as you read Proverbs 3:1-12 this week? Why? What do these verses teach you about who God is?
- Verses 5-8 call us not to be wise in our own eyes but to trust the LORD with all our heart. Would you say that you trust the LORD with all your heart? In what areas of life do you lean on your own understanding instead? Why?
- Solomon makes many bold claims of how we will be blessed by wisdom within these verses. Are these blessings guaranteed? Do these verses teach a prosperity gospel?
- The author ends this section by discussing the importance of the LORD’s discipline. Why is the discipline of the LORD good for us? What might His discipline look like? What are examples of God’s discipline from your own life, and what did it teach you?
Because all Scripture profits us through teaching, reproving, correcting, and training us, reflect upon the studied text, and ask yourself the following questions.
- What has God taught you through this text (about Himself, sin, humanity, etc.)?
- What sin has God convicted or reproved you of through this text?
- How has God corrected you (i.e. your theology, thinking, lifestyle, etc.) through this text?
- Pray through the text, asking God to train you toward righteousness by conforming you to His Word.