One of the wisest, smartest, most successful men of all time packaged an ancient collection of Proverbs in the Old Testament of the Bible. The dictionary describes a proverb as...
...a short popular saying, usually of unknown and ancient origin that expresses effectively some commonplace truth or useful thought.
Consider the commonplace - or commonsense - truth of these biblical proverbs:
- Do not accuse anyone for no reason -- when they have done you no harm. (Proverbs 3:30)
- Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! (Proverbs 6:6)
- Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. (Proverbs 10:12)
Why do we so easily resist the "commonplace, commonsense" truth? Why do we ignore wisdom passed on from others who've learned from experience? Why do we insist on breaking ourselves on precepts of God's love - that if we adopted would grow our lives rather than diminish them?
I'm asking myself the same thing. God knows I've arrogantly thought my ways were better than His more than a time or two in my life.
In his second letter to early Christ-followers, Peter calls us to run from the corruption of the culture caused by our own selfishness - SO THAT we can participate in God's very nature (which He designed us for). The path from corruption to the divine nature is marked by:
- then, goodness
- then, knowledge - or wisdom
- then, self-control
- then, perseverance
For the next several weeks we're exploring wisdom... asking how do we build our lives on maxims, rules of conduct, that help us flee a diminishing lifestyle (corruption) to embrace the life God designed us to live - marked by love and freedom. We're going to study Proverbs for the next three weeks.
Join us for Summer School this weekend. It's time we learn how to choose God's life-giving goodness over our life-sucking selfishness. Let's wise-up.
Choose a service time this weekend at either campus:
- Granger: Saturday, 5pm or 7 pm; Sunday, 9:30am or 11:30am
- Elkhart: Sunday, 9:30am or 11:30am