Life's Big Instruction Book

Jeff Munroe

READ : Proverbs 1:1-6

For learning about wisdom . . . to teach . . . knowledge and prudence to the young. (vv. 2, 4)

In the summer of 2007, the staff of a Young Life camp met each morning and looked at the book of Proverbs to help guide them in their work with young people. These devotions are based upon their study.

There are connections between the ancient proverbs and youth ministry today because Proverbs was produced primarily for youth to learn how to live a meaningful, godly life. A few years ago there was a best-seller called “Life’s Little Instruction Book.” A few thousand years before that, Solomon had already compiled “Life’s Big Instruction Book” in the proverbs.

The proverbial key to a good life is wisdom. If you were asked to shut your eyes and imagine someone who personified wisdom, whose face would you see? When we asked our camp staff, they saw characters like Yoda from Star Wars and Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings. Some folks said Albert Einstein. Einstein may have had the greatest mind of the past century, but was he wise by biblical standards?

Biblically, wisdom is not the same thing as intelligence. Wisdom is practical, not theoretical. Wisdom is shown by a godly life. Such wisdom, Paul reminds us in First Corinthians 1, may look foolish in the world’s eyes. But remember, “God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom.”


Lord, help us crave wisdom.