Paths to the Will of God
The Book of Proverbs was written by a wise man that got his wisdom from God. Godly wisdom is often seen as foolish to the uninitiated. I had rather sit at the feet of a simple man that got his wisdom from God than to sit at the feet of a sophisticated man that got his wisdom at the university.
God told Solomon to ask him for one thing and he promised to give it to him. He could have asked for riches, land, or popularity, however, he asked for wisdom. At the time he asked for this he was the most powerful king in the world. His request was unselfish. He wanted wisdom to rule God's people.
Proverbs is a practical book. It gives advice for daily living. You might say it is God's answer to Ann Landers. It is a bit of wisdom for daily problems.
A proverb is a brief saying. It is a short pithy statement drawn from long experiences. I remember Marvin Moffat saying about a staff vacancy, "Sometimes it is better to have one than to need one."
-Proverbs 1:1 "The Proverbs of Solomon." Proverbs 10:1 "The Proverbs of Solomon." Proverbs 25: 1 "These are also the Proverbs of Solomon." This is the internal evidence for the authorship of the book.
-There is some external evidence for the authorship in 1 Kings 4:32 "He also spoke 3,000 Proverbs, and his songs were 1005." The book of Proverbs contains 800 of these 3,000 Proverbs.
-The purpose of this book is to inspire God's people to honesty, purity, and industry. I would say that is a noble purpose, wouldn't you?
-This morning I want us to consider God's wisdom for life's decisions as we look at paths to the will of God.
1. THE P STANDS FOR PRIORITY.
If something is a priority, we put it first on our list. 1 Corinthians 1:30 says that "Christ is the wisdom of God." If we know Christ as our personal Savior, we have the wisdom of God within us.
-Proverbs 1:7 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." There are pl ...
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