For the next few weeks we turn to the Old Testament’s words of wisdom in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. These words continue to instruct us, and challenges us to consider who we will listen to each day.
Worship with Holy Communion this weekend
– Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel
– Sunday at 8:30 a.m. – Traditional Worship
– Sunday at 10:00 a.m. – Contemporary Worship
Don’t forget – Next Sunday, July 14 – worship and picnic at Brigham Park!
On Trusting God
July 7, 2013
Proverbs 1:1-7 & 3:1-8
Key Verse: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Time: 10th – 6th century B.C.
Background: Although the book of Proverbs is generally attributed to King Solomon, son of King David, much of the book was likely written by additional authors, some in the name of Solomon.
The first part of today’s reading lifts up some of the purposes of the proverbs, which include to learn, a guide for living with wisdom, peace and justice, and to gain knowledge and fear of the Lord.
The second part of today’s reading warns against being seduced by the wisdom of sinners. Their wisdom and desire for evil will, in the end, result in their own destruction.
Community: Whose voices are loudest in your community? Which are voices that entice people to sin? Which voices speak wisdom?
At Home: Whose voices will you listen to this week? Pay attention to the messages you receive from co-workers, family members, media, and news. Discern wisdom from folly and make a decision to follow the words of the wise.
Read This Week:
Monday: Parable of Two Houses , Luke 6:47-49
Tuesday: Warnings against Violence, Proverbs 1:8-19
Wednesday: Warnings against Neglect of Wisdom, Proverbs 1:20-33
Thursday: Reward of Seeking Wisdom, Proverbs 2:1-22
Friday: Wisdom More Precious than Wealth, Proverbs 3:9-20
Saturday: Wise Inherit Honor, Proverbs 3:21-35
Next Week: Wisdom at Creation, Proverbs 8:22-36