Proverbs offer insights to living wisely

Posted: Friday, February 26, 2010

"A stitch in time saves ____________"

"A bird in the hand is worth two in the _____________"

According to, "A proverb is a short well-known expression that states a general truth or gives advice."

This advice may run the gamut of the ridiculous to the insightful to the cautioning.

"Man, who sit on hot stove, is better off.) - Uno Who

"A penny saved is a penny ______________"

"Once stung, twice __________"

From the proverbs that are commonly heard in every-day talk, we move to those significant statements made by people who are often in the public eye.

Statements by notable people provide sage advice to us. Some examples are: "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." - Albert Einstein; "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do." - Confucius; "Without music, life would be a mistake." - Nietzsche; or "If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." - J. K. Rowling.

A very wise king once stated that proverbs help one to "receive instruction in wise behavior." (Proverbs 1:3)

King Solomon went on to say that they "give prudence to the nave (the foolish from lack of experience), to the youth knowledge and discretion." (Proverbs 1:4)

Therefore an entire Book of the Bible is devoted to a collection of proverbs. King Solomon wrote most of these and collected many more.

Solomon urged his son to heed his words. To do so would help protect him from "the ways of evil" and prompt him to walk in a God-honoring way. They would guide him in his work ethic as well as in his moral conduct.

A challenge to us is to make a habit of reading one chapter of the Book of Proverbs each day. Thus, the entire Book would be read through in one month. This practice would lead to having these insights into living wisely implanted in one's mind.

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. - (Proverbs 15:17)

"Trust in the Lord with all thy heartHe will direct thy paths." - (Pro. 3:5-6)

(Incidentally, the answers for the blanks are: nine, bush, earned, and shy.)

Charles G. Thornton is Pastor at Large at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church, 44175 Beach Road, Soldotna, Sunday worship: 11 a.m.; Bible classes: 9:30 a.m.

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