Joyful is the person who finds wisdom,
the one who gains understanding.
14 For wisdom is more profitable than silver,
and her wages are better than gold.
15 Wisdom is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 She offers you long life in her right hand,
and riches and honor in her left.
17 She will guide you down delightful paths;
all her ways are satisfying.
18 Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
happy are those who hold her tightly. Proverbs 3:13-18
With promises of long life, joy, and guidance, – why wouldn’t we seek after wisdom? We can search it out in a book called Proverbs, filled with pithy sayings, usually using one or two verses filled with Biblical truths, principles, and promises. Rick Warren puts it this way: ““God’s tweets are called The Book of Proverbs.”
Recently, I challenged my middle-school-aged grandkids to read through Proverbs with me. The way we set it up was to read 10 verses at a time on the chapter that correlated with the month’s day. Using this method, it took us three months to complete the first round. For example, today is October 1st, so the assignment would be to read Proverbs 1:1-10. Tomorrow on October 2nd, we would read Proverbs 2:1-10. Next month, the ten verses read would be 11-20. And so on.
TIP: Don’t wait until the first of the month to start. I delayed this idea for a long time – waiting to remember on the 1st day of a month. JUST START – whatever day it happens to be.
We read separately on our own time, looking for a verse that stood out or might be a favorite from the reading. We then reported back to each other on a GroupMe thread that we had created for this purpose.
In our next round, I am going to encourage them to categorize the proverbs into subjects. Some possible subjects to consider are: health, obedience, respect, anger, drinking, envy, friends, fools, wealth, business, eating, giving, gossip, parents, evil, laziness – and the list can go on and on….
Jump in on the race to find and gain wisdom with me – I’ll find you somewhere in Proverbs!