Rich Blessing

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 10 The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. (v. 22) At some point in your life, you have probably been told, “Work hard. Get a good education. Apply yourself. Stick to it. Save your money. Get ahead.” Maybe you have even said those things to someone else. It’s good advice. In fact, many of the proverbs offer this wisdom in some form or another. But has anyone ever told you, “Get …

A Good Fear

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 9:10-12 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. (v. 11) Fear God? What does that mean? It’s this: you must know he holds your life in his hand now and forever. As you obey various laws because of the fear of justice, you must fear God whose justice is pure, to punish you and to save you when you rebel. Read the Bible, and you will …

Trust, Tell, and Live Wisdom

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 8 For wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. (v. 11) The book of Proverbs tells us clearly—there is no wisdom without God. Biblical wisdom is seeing and responding to life from God’s perspective. What does God’s wisdom do? First, wisdom opens the door to understanding God’s great, eternal gift: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish …

A Godly Sister

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 7 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call insight your intimate friend. (v. 4) Do you ever think about the “stupid” things you’ve done in life? Occasionally a moment, a word, a person, or a circumstance will remind me of a mistake I’ve made, and I’ll say to myself, “I should have known better.” In those thoughts, I am embarrassed with myself and regret how I may have hurt someone. The wisdom writer knows (through his …

God Ever-present

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 6 Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. (v. 21) “Bind them”—bind the words of God to your heart. You’ll see this phrase in Proverbs 3, 6, and 7. You’ll see it, too, in Deuteronomy 6 and 11. Binding, or tying, the words of God to your heart is a key picture of the Shema of Deuteronomy 6. The Hebrew term shema means “hear” as in “hear, O Israel,” and it is Moses’ urgent …

Word of Life

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 3:1-8 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (v. 5) These are words that you can live by, aren’t they? I want to live by them, and I hope and pray that you do too. So write God’s words on your heart. In other words, I pray you know what he says, and you believe what he says. I pray God’s words give you clear direction of what you …