I am reminded again how potent the book of Proverbs is. I am using the format of the One Year Bible to read through the Scriptures. Every day I (try to) read a couple chapters of Old Testament, a chapter of New Testament, about ten verses of a Psalm, and sometimes only two verses of Proverbs.
Only two verses of Proverbs?!?
What’s the point of that? As an academic, I am trained to look at context to understand the overall ideas that are being presented; but I have been realizing/remembering that once context is established, going back to soak in just a little portion of the Scriptures can be so mind altering. (Not a new concept – I recognize this.)
Two quick thoughts that have caused reflection are below:
“Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.” – This quote from Wisdom has caused me to reexamine my view of “living.” It seems to contradict what we often mean when we say, “Live it up!” And the idea of living in the wisdom of God as being a rich, life-giving state of being has been a recurring theme in my life since I read this.
“Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?…So is he who goes into his neighbor’s wife; none who touches her will go unpunished.” This one seems pretty obvious, and I love the blunt parallel. Yet what makes up much of the unnecessary drama in this world? Adultery or Inappropriately defined/directed love. Many (if not most) of us have scars and charred clothing from carrying fire next to our chests. Lord, have mercy.
What short passage has smacked you upside the head causing you to soak and live these past couple weeks?