Starting January 1 of 2020, I’ll be publishing a daily devotional through the book of Proverbs, and I need your help.
So often, we talk about starting the year off right, setting New Year’s resolutions, making lists of our goals, and marking up our calendars. While all of these are necessary (I set resolutions, goals, and plan the year’s calendar and budget), if we don’t have wisdom in each of these areas, it’s like we’re building without a proper foundation.
The Bible is very clear: all wisdom comes from God (Proverbs 2:6) and He’s waiting to give us more wisdom if we’ll just ask for it (James 1:5).
I want to ask you to do something right now. Ready?
Think of the three wisest people you know of—the wisest people in the world. And congratulations! The three of them are waiting for you at Starbucks. You get five minutes to sit at a table with them and pick their brains about anything you want to know. Imagine not just the excitement of that meeting, but the immeasurable value of those five minutes. What price tag would you place on the wisdom they’d impart to you? Thousands of dollars? Hundreds of thousands? Millions? How much more, then, the wisdom that God is ready to give?
As you get ready for the new year, I’d encourage you to start by searching out wisdom that can only come from God. I’m going to be spending the entire month of January sharing with you what I’m learning from the book of Proverbs in the form of short, daily devotionals. But I don’t want this to be one-sided. I’m inviting you to journey with me; to dialogue; to share with me what you’re learning from Proverbs as we walk through the book—together.
Why Proverbs? I like what the Modern English Version’s preface to the book says:
Proverbs is wisdom literature, especially divine virtue for practical living. These proverbs were an anthology of Solomonic sayings. They were likely written in about 900 BC. King Solomon, famous for his wisdom, was responsible for a core of the material, but others include King Lemuel and Agur. The style is short, to the point, and often poetic; the use of contrast and comparison is found throughout the collection. While these proverbs were addressed to the Hebrews, their wisdom is timeless, and Christian believers today find in them a source of comfort and guidance. Further, the practical wisdom in Proverbs is beneficial to any person who wants to live a virtuous and God-fearing life.¹
I’d love for you to journey along with me! You can check back here every day in January or just subscribe to my blog to get each post in your inbox. Then, leave a comment with what you’re learning in your daily doses of wisdom. Let’s do this together!
Now for some practice: leave a comment below if you’re on the journey with me!