Manna For Today: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Today’s scripture reading: Proverbs 4
Solomon writes in Proverbs 4 from what appears on surface to be a repeat of chapters 1 through 3 but in somewhat different words.
Spaced repetition to inculcate an idea in the minds of people was not birth in the boardrooms of marketing agencies but in the wisdom of God; knowing man’s frailties.
We must hear God’s instruction, line upon line and precept upon precept, for a couple of reasons:
1. The value of God’s instruction demands it; its’ worth and import are of great value.
2. There is, in us, a built in resistance to God’s command and a dullness to divine input even when we are open to it.
So Solomon reminds us of what he fondly said concerning wisdom, judgment and instruction:
1. He suggests to us that the instruction should start in our own home with our own children.
• Our children should be the first partakers of that wisdom we may share with others.
I Timothy 3:4-5 – He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. 5 For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?
This concept applies especially to those in leadership in the church; from preachers to greeters, we all must work to instill wisdom in our children.
2. He ramps up his caution against poor choices related to the company we keep.
• Here he clearly connects bad company to the “unfruitful work of darkness.”
• He suggests they should be avoided at all cost.
3. Lastly, he instructs us on the acquisition and preservation of wisdom.
• He suggests wisdom has fruits that should be brought forth by those who possess it. The result will be a long satisfying life.
Peace and blessings!