The Way of WisdomTRANSCRIPTION OF THIS SERMON
- Wisdom as a Path (v. 3:1-12)
- Wisdom as a Process (v. 3:1-12)
- Solomon doesn’t refer to wisdom as some mystical, magical thing but as a path we are on (3:6). Wisdom is gained through a lifetime of little decisions that make up our character and form us into the kind of people who make wise decisions, not foolish ones. What character flaws, habits, or weaknesses continue to emerge in your life? What would humility, repentance, and growth in those areas look like today?
- How does knowing where you are (Kingdom of Darkness) help you grow in wisdom? If the enemy is a liar, deceiver, and father of lies, where do you get your information daily? What impact does this have on you? Why does the Bible matter so much for gaining wisdom? (Proverbs 3:1-2; John 17:17)
- How does knowing God and His industrial-strength, love, and faithfulness set you free to examine your own faults, flaws, and failures? Where do you most need to work this industrial-strength, love, and faithfulness into your heart so that you might grow and mature in wisdom? (Proverbs 3:3-4)
- ‘My Son’ is continually repeated throughout Proverbs. Information comes from a classroom, transformation comes from doing life in a healthy, Christ-centered community that is living out the Gospel. If wisdom comes from community, why do we so often hide from and avoid it? What steps can you take today to move toward community? What steps can you take to encourage and strengthen the community around you? What foolish things do you do that destroy community? What would humble repentance look like? (Proverbs 3:1;11)
1My son, do not forget my teaching,
But let your heart keep my commandments;
2For length of days and years of life
And peace they will add to you.
3Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4So you will find favor and good repute
In the sight of God and man.
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
7Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
8It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones.
9Honor the Lord from your wealth
And from the first of all your produce;
10So your barns will be filled with plenty
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
11My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord
Or loathe His reproof,
12For whom the Lord loves He reproves,
Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.