Monday, January 28, 2013
Proverbs - A Chapter A Day
In yesterday's sermon I said that I wanted to challenge each of us to make 2013 the year that we dedicate ourselves to
"keeping the darkness at bay by doing the small, everyday things the way God wants,"
- in other words: Using Wisdom in our everyday activities, words and attitudes.
Right in the middle of God's Library (the Bible) is a book that has been called The Book of Everyday Wisdom - the book of Proverbs.
Proverbs has 31 chapters, so it is perfect for reading one chapter a day each month (at least for 7 of the 12 months). I invited everyone to read the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the day of the month. For example, read Proverbs 27 on January 27th. Read Proverbs 28 on January 28th, etc...
As you read, you will discover that most of the chapters of Proverbs contain many short, one or two verse "wise sayings" designed to help you make godly choices in everyday situations.Since these "proverbs" or "bits of wisdom" were written close to 3000 years ago, there will naturally be some references that we won't understand. (Much like the people 3000 years ago - or even people 30 years ago - would not understand a reference we might make to "Facebooking" or "Googling".) As you read I'd suggest not worrying about those verses that you don't understand, just focus on the vast majority of verses that are self-explanatory.
I also promised to write a blog entry each day to let you know which of the everyday bits of wisdom jumped out at me - and gave the invitation to add a comment about the proverb that 'stuck out' for you.
Let's get reading...