TODAY’S READING: PROVERBS 29-31
More warnings and instructions; the words of Agur; the words that Lemuel’s mother taught him.
HIGHLIGHTS & INSIGHTS:
Because of the vast number of subject changes in each day’s reading in the Book of Proverbs this has been perhaps the most difficult of all of the Books we have read thus far in our 365 Days of Pursuit to adequately formulate the “Highlights and Insights” Section. As has been mentioned repeatedly, it is a Book that merits continual reading, study, and memorization.
Whereas the Book of Psalms presents the HEART of GOD, the Book of Proverbs presents the MIND of GOD, or perhaps more specifically, the MIND of CHRIST (I Cor. 2:16). It is the most intricate Book in the entire Bible to show us how God thinks, or to show us “the mind of the Lord” (I Cor. 2:16). It basically reveals to us God’s viewpoint and opinion on every issue of life. If, as God’s people, we would simply make God’s opinion as it is revealed in the Book of Proverbs, our opinion, and if we would adopt God’s viewpoint as it is revealed in the Book of Proverbs, as our viewpoint, not only would it SIMPLIFY our lives, it would REVOLUTIONIZE our lives!
Whereas the Book of Leviticus is an intricate Book detailing God’s instruction concerning the PHYSICAL aspects of Israel’s life, I like to view the Book of Proverbs as an intricate Book detailing God’s instruction concerning the SPIRITUAL aspects of a believer’s life. Any squabble or conflict we face in life, whether it be relational or financial, whether it be in our home, church, workplace or neighborhood, it can invariably be traced back to a violation of something God specifically revealed in this Book. The Book of Proverbs is that comprehensive and that practical!
If we would simply allow this Book to be our wise Counselor for living life, by the time we apply God’s wisdom as it is revealed in the first 30 chapters, we would be the “Virtuous Woman” of chapter 31. (Remember, as Christians, we are identified biblically as women. We are a bride – Rev. 21:9. We are virgins – II Cor. 11:2). The question of Proverbs 31:10 is a good one: “Who can find a virtuous woman?” The answer in the Laodicean Church Period is, NOT MANY! She is hard to find. She is extremely rare. She is almost extinct. Are you a “virtuous woman”?
For more practical application concerning the “Virtuous Woman,” please re-read the Memory Verse explanation for Week #20, presented on Day 131.
CHRIST IS REVEALED:
As THE ONE WHO DESCENDED FROM AND ASCENDED TO HEAVEN – Prov. 30:4 (John 3:13 – Jesus came down from heaven, even the Son of Man Who is (now) in heaven.)