The ‘Nots’ Of Proverbs 1

“My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:”

Proverbs 1:8

“My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.”
Proverbs 1:10

“My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:”

Proverbs 1:15

Proverbs is a book where the father is writing to the son. He is writing to the son and giving him instruction on how to life live and how to get the most of life. I see in this book, a father who loves his son enough to spend time to teach him how to make decisions, how to act and how to live life fully and be blessed of the Lord.

Now that I am a father, I have to teach and train my children how to live life, how to make decisions and all the other things that come with life. If I don’t teach my children, someone or something else will. If I want my children to learn what I want them to learn and act the way that I want to act then I am going to have to put time and effort into them.

We see here in Proverbs 1, that Solomon was teaching his son about ‘nots.’ He told him three ‘nots’ that he should have in everyday life.

We use knots on a regular basis without even thinking about. If you wear shoes with laces, you tie them in a knot to keep your shoe tight so that it doesn’t fall off your foot.

There are many different types of knots. When I was thinking about this truth, I didn’t realize how many knots there are. It makes sense though, some are stronger than others. Some knots can only be used for certain things and tasks. Whatever the need, I am sure there is a knot for it.

In life, we need to have different ‘nots.’ One ‘not’ isn’t going to be needed for all the issues we face in life. As I was looking at the list of knots, I realized that I didn’t know a lot of them. If I wanted to learn them, I’m sure I could learn by trial and error, but the best way to learn is have someone teach me about them. The ‘nots’ we need to know for life are best learned through teaching and not through experience.

We need a variety of ‘nots’ to make it through life. We need to learn how to use each one efficiently and also know when and how to use it.

Over the next few days, I am going to talk about some ‘nots’ we need to have in our life that we can learn from this first chapter in Proverbs.

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Solomon’s Lesson On Wisdom

I was reading through Proverbs 9 during my devotions yesterday and a verse stuck out to me. As I have said before, Proverbs was written by Solomon to his son. Solomon was the wisest man to walk the earth (besides Christ.) In Proverbs, wisdom is spoken of quite a bit. Because Solomon was the wisest man and God used him to write parts of the BIble, I think we should pay attention whenever Solomon talks about wisdom.

Solomon stressed the importance of wisdom to his son, throughout the book of Proverbs. He told his son everything he knew about being wise and how to get wisdom. Let’s look at 3 things about wisdom that Solomon tells his son.

  1. Wisdom is the PRINCIPAL thing. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7 Principal means most important or influential. Solomon is telling his son that more than anything in the world that he get, wisdom is the most important! After he tells his son that wisdom is the most important thing to have, he simply says “get wisdom.” Solomon, in the previous verses, had already told his son how to get wisdom. In Proverbs 4:1-4, he tells his son 3 things on how to get wisdom. First he says you have to listen. “Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.” vs. 1 You have to listen to people wiser than you if you ever want to get wisdom. You will never start on the path to wisdom if you are talking when those wiser than you are talking. The next thing he tells his son is to learn. “He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words…” vs. 4 It does no good to just listen though, you have to learn what you are being told. You have to retain what you are hearing. Then the last thing we see from Solomon on how to get wisdom is found at the end of vs. 4, “…keep my commandments, and live.” You have to live what you learned from listening. More important than money or fame or a nice house or a nice car is wisdom. Wisdom is the principal thing, get wisdom!
  2. Wisdom is PRICELESS. “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.” Proverbs 8:11 Solomon told his son that wisdom is priceless. Anything that you desire, wisdom is worth more. It is better than rubies. It is better than any precious jewels. Gold and silver have nothing on wisdom. WIsdom is priceless. Yet so many treat it like it is worthless. I actually asked my wife the question of “What is the difference between priceless and worthless?” this past weekend. At the core of the these two words is the simple fact there is no worth to it, there is no price that you would put on something. It is all a matter of perspective whether you think something is priceless or worthless. If you think wisdom is priceless, you will do whatever you can to get it and to keep it. If you think wisdom is worthless, you will let it pass by and choose to take the foolish path in life.
  3. Wisdom is PERSONAL. Here is where a verse from Proverbs 9 jumped off the page. In verse 12 of Proverbs 9 it says, “If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.” When it comes down to it, wisdom is personal. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself. That means you can’t be wise of your daddy’s or your mommy’s wisdom. You can’t be wise off the wisdom of your preacher or your teacher. The only wisdom you can have is the wisdom you can get. The son of Solomon had a father who was the wisest man in the world, yet, the son had to decide if he wanted wisdom himself. Make wisdom personal in your own life and the way to do that is make it the principal thing in your life and the most priceless thing in your life. If you can do those things, than wisdom will be yours.

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have been through, you can have wisdom. Listen to those who are wiser than you, learn from them, and then take what you learn and live it.

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Guard Your Heart

We are into our week at camp. It has been good already and we still have 3 days left!The theme of camp this year is “Guard Your Heart!” The theme verse is Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”The first message of camp, Bob Gray preached from this verse. He made it practical from the junior age all the way to the oldest adult.As a child, my parents guarded me from all kinds of stuff. They guarded me from the world and all the filth and vile that it presented. I became an adult and I got rid of all the guards I had in my life. I decided I was my own man. I decided I could make my own decisions. I messed up….I should have never let my guards go.Guards are there to protect you. Guards are there to worry about problems and trials so you don’t have to. As a parent, I am a guard for my two girls. It’s is my duty to guard their hearts from the world. It is my duty to protect them as much as I can from the evil that surrounds them. It is my duty to make sure to place guards in their life that will guard them like I do, that will protect them like I do. Guards protect your heart. They allow you to live a happy and blessed life.