Proverbs Part 1
Message Summary: The book of Proverbs is a book of poetry, known as the book of wisdom. In the context of the Hebrew translation of “mashal,” it means full and wise life, not just knowledge. It teaches us a way to live or to go against the flow of life. King Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs and was well known for his God-given wisdom and had great riches and peace during his reign.
Every person has a goal or something they’re trying to accomplish. As we aspire to become the person we have in mind, each of us struggle with trusting God, and that is displayed in two main areas of our lives:
- We feel out of control and work harder or want to do more because we think we know more than God. Chase shared how his oldest daughter is starting school and how it caused him to realize his lack of trust in God with his kids. It led him to want to respond in prayer so his children can watch how he handles his stress and that they will learn to take their worries to God in prayer too.
- We feel most in control and don’t hand it over to God because we feel comfortable or confident. The enemy of wisdom is pride, and when we stop seeking guidance from God is when we get into a big mess.
In the focus verse Proverbs 1:7, fear is referring to trusting God. We can make our plans but should consult with God and trust him with the outcome. Everything in our life is an opportunity to trust God.
- What area(s) of your life are you struggling with trusting the Lord?
- If you’re not sure, ask the following questions:
- Where do you feel most of out of control?
- Where you feel like you’re most in control?
- How can you turn those areas in answer #2 over to God and invite him in?
- Which plans do you need to consult with God to make sure you’re operating in His purposes for your life?
Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 19:21 – Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.