Proverbs 2:1-15 “My child, if you receive my words, and store up my commands inside yourself, by making your ear attentive to wisdom, and by turning your heart to understanding, indeed, if you call out for discernment— shout loudly for understanding— if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will understand how to fear the LORD, and you will discover knowledge about God. For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He stores up effective counsel for the upright, and is like a shield for those who live with integrity, to guard the paths of the righteous and to protect the way of his pious ones. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity—every good way. For wisdom will enter your heart, and moral knowledge will be attractive to you. Discretion will protect you, understanding will guard you, to deliver you from the way of the wicked, from those speaking perversity, who leave the upright paths to walk on the dark ways, who delight in doing evil, they rejoice in perverse evil, whose paths are morally crooked, and who are devious in their ways;”

Proverbs is written as though it’s Solomon giving advice to his son about how to live. His words are wise, precisely because they are echoing God’s words. It’s the Lord who gives true wisdom! His truth acts as a shield, protecting us from making wrong decisions. His truth is a guard, watching over and guiding us. His truth is a guide, delivering us from the way of evil and revealing those who are evil, crooked, and devious.

There are two points that we should consider in response to this passage. First of all, we need to make sure that we pay attention to God’s Word, as well as to those who try to teach us about it. We are to call out and seek for wisdom, because it’s only when we make our ears attentive that we’ll understand! Second, we should do our best to pass on good and godly advice to our progeny, our relatives, and our neighbors. Solomon should serve as a model for us!

Psalm 119:1-8 “How blessed are those whose actions are blameless, who obey the law of the LORD. How blessed are those who observe his rules, and seek him with all their heart, who, moreover, do no wrong, but follow in his footsteps. You demand that your precepts be carefully kept. If only I were predisposed to keep your statutes. Then I would not be ashamed, if I were focused on all your commands. I will give you sincere thanks, when I learn your just regulations. I will keep your statutes. Do not completely abandon me.”

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