Street Smart – From the Book of Proverbs – Part III
A Proverb is not a promise or a saying definitely guaranteeing the outcome that is being discussed. The word proverb means comparison, similar, or parallel. It is a figure of speech in which the author uses comparison in order to present a pithy, poignant observation or instruction.
A Proverb is a timeless truth in the form of a simple illustration that exposes a fundamental reality of life. Proverbs gives divine guidelines and wise observations, which are not necessarily inflexible laws or absolute promises. So these expressions of general truth may have “exceptions,” because of the uncertainty of life and unpredictable behavior of fallen man.
So God does not guarantee uniform outcome or application for each Proverb, but in studying them and applying them, we can contemplate the mind of God, His character, His works, His heart, and His blessings.
12 times in the book of Proverbs we are told to PURSUE wisdom. To pursue means to go after something. It implies effort and intention. We pursue the things we really want don’t we? Wisdom doesn’t just come upon us. Solomon leaned in to God’s storehouse of wisdom. Remember James also told us to ASK for wisdom.
5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
So we are to both pursue and ask for wisdom. It is pro-active. This is why we are going to study the Book of Proverbs. Over the next few weeks everyone read the Book of Proverbs!
Warehouse Summer Concert
The Warehouse School of music is Going to the Movies Saturday, July 15 at 7:00pm! Join us in the Richmond Campus worship center after service to listen to all your favorite songs from the biggest blockbusters! We’ll provide popcorn!
Missouri City Campus
Sunday, July 16! Enjoy a tropical shaved ice from our friends at Kona Ice. They will be at our Missouri City site, at Ridge Point High School after each service!