I have been really enjoying my times praying through the psalms.. the structure has been a beneficial one for me. So I thought that it might be beneficial to do something similar with the book of Proverbs. Over the years I have read the book of Proverbs many many times.. for years it was my practice to read a chapter from it each day. So beginning today with the first chapter I'll briefly comment (maybe ramble a bit) about the thoughts and impressions I have as I read.. and I'll use the English Standard Version.
The first chapter of proverbs introduces the value of wisdom in the life of a believer. It also addresses sin and how it is wise to steer clear of sin.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (v7)
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is an awe inspiring event.. one that produces a righteous awe or fear in me. Knowing that God did not spare even His own son causes an awe to arise up in me. In a sense spiritual wisdom hinges on this fear or awe.
My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. (v10)
Being born anew does not free us from sinning. Our ability to resist sin's enticement is often depend on having our heart (innermost being) stronger than our flesh. When our heart is strong we will have the wisdom and power to not only resist sin but also to flow with God's Spirit.
Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors. (v19)
Just as greed takes life away generosity gives it back to us. Developing a generous heart is the only way that we can defeat greed and the temptation to be stingy. Being generous is so much more than giving to the church.. it is a habit we develop when we tip our waiter/waitress after a meal.. it is reflected by the grace we give others when they are late for an appointment.. it is responding with gratitude when you don't have to.
If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you. (v22)
This verse shouts to me of how much God wants to be a part of our lives. If we will simply cooperate with Him he will respond lavishly. I love the imagery of Him pouring His spirit on us.. not a sprinkle but a waterfall.