This Proverbs for wisdom devotional is a quick daily devotional. It can be completed in five to ten minutes a day. It is a great way to get back into studying the Bible everyday.
Why is the book of Proverbs important? Well for starters, Proverbs is considered one of the wisest books of the bible and a great resource for those who want to grow in biblical wisdom. It was after all mostly written by King Solomon who was famous for his great wisdom. During Solomon’s rule, people including high ranking officials and rulers, would come from all over to hear him speak. God blessed Solomon with great wisdom so he could rule his people effectively. Even though it is estimated that the book was written around 700 B.C., I believe that Proverbs is still a very practical book to implement into one’s life with much of the advice still ringing true in today’s culture. Wisdom never goes out of style.
The book of Proverbs is definitely one of my favorite books of the Bible to read. I feel like there is so much wisdom to gain each time I read through Proverbs. No matter where you are in your journey with Christ I feel like this is a good book to go back to, spend a lot of time studying, or just glance at when you have a few spare minutes.
Why was Proverbs written?
The book of Proverbs is written by several different authors but Solomon was the main contributor. If you’re wondering why the book of Proverbs was written, it’s best to look at Proverbs 1:7.
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to those who are simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—
let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The special thing about Proverbs that makes it stand out from the other books in the Bible is that it contains clear instructions on how to live a better life on Earth. The instructions are also very clear and super simple to apply to one’s life.
This devotional is perfect if you’re just getting back into reading the word every day or if you’re like me and are a busy mom and there’s just not a ton of time in your schedule right now.
Commit to The Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3
Our faith should match our works and we must place our total trust in the Lord. Although this is much easier said than done, trusting in His plan can help us to deal with the various uncertainties and difficulties in our lives. It can be hard to accept that we don’t always know what’s best, but we don’t, only God knows and in our Earthly world not everything will make sense to us.
What does giving it to God look like to you? Is there something in your life you’re struggling to give to him?
Lord, please help me devote my plans to You for Your glory.
A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
How many times do we just react instead of taking a deep breath? A soft answer does not necessarily mean feebleness but instead it signifies strength. Isn’t it much more difficult to practice restraint rather than simply act on your emotions? God desires for us to be peacekeepers.
When’s the last time you could have answered gently but did not? Reflecting on that situation, how could you have handled it differently?
Heavenly Father, please give me the strength to answer gently even when my flesh would like to give into anger.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
The best definition for pride that I have ever heard is that pride is an over reliance on oneself and an under reliance on God. How will you ever gain wisdom with a prideful heart?
What are some situations where you rely on yourself and not on God? How can you change this?
God, please allow me to fully rely and trust in you for all of my needs. Amen.
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you. Proverbs 20:22
Only God knows every reason and every situation and on Earth there will be many things we don’t understand. People truly do vile things to one another and we are often deeply hurt by others. God never promised us a perfect life through Christianity but he can give us peace. We never have to walk alone.
What are some things that have caused you great hurt? How can you give those things to God?
God, I know that people are imperfect and will always let me down. Please help me to find peace in all situations through you.
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared. Proverbs 22:24-25
Having angry friends or constantly being around angry people will also make you an angry person. There are, of course, truly righteous reasons to be angry and in those situations, God wants us to have righteous anger but this verse warns us about keeping angry friends or associates close to us.
Have you ever been in a situation where others influenced your anger?
God, please place the right people into my life. Please place people in my life who will help me to grow and understand your word. Please also place those in my life that I can teach or influence. Lord, steer me away from those who quickly give into their anger.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this five day Proverbs for wisdom devotional. If there’s anything I can pray about for you, please feel free to send me a prayer request.
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