March 1 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season. Lent is a time Christians spend in prayer, fasting and self-reflection, in preparation for Easter. During this six week period, some Christians will give up something or refrain from doing something they enjoy, as a sacrifice. The goal is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial, and resurrection.
Instead of abstaining from something, I wanted to spend the next six weeks reading and studying the Word of God in depth. Like Solomon, my ongoing quest is to gain more insight and wisdom. Having intelligence is great but if you lack wisdom and discernment, you’ll never get to maximize the intelligence or God’s purpose for your life. You will also miss out on the wonderful opportunities and blessing God has in store for you.
Proverbs is a book of moral and ethical teachings written in part, or maybe all, by Solomon. It was written with the purpose of attaining wisdom and discipline, and for understanding words of insight so that we can make wise decisions.
My goal is to share my insight with you as I venture into my study of Proverbs. So the first Proverbs I’d like to address is Proverbs 14.
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception;
Decisions made in haste lead to waste. I’ve learned that the hard way. I can think back through my life about decisions I made without fully thinking about the consequences connected to my decisions. As I’ve matured, I’ve tried to be more patient with myself and others, allowing God to provide discernment with regards to the steps that need to be taken.
Father, give me patience and understanding so that I don’t fall victim to foolishness and missteps. My ultimate goal is to make decisions that will give me a heart of peace.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.