Learning To Be Wise, Part 4

This month the people of Mountain Lake are reading one chapter of Proverbs each day.  We’re learning to be wise.  Do you know what wisdom is?  Check it out:

Wisdom: The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight.

God’s Word is the only tool we need to develop wisdom in our decision-making.  Not advice from our best friend.  Not Dr. Phil.  And, certainly not what “seems” right to us.  There’s one place to learn how to discern what is true or right: The Bible.

So, this week we’re reading chapters 22-28 in Proverbs.  Here are some of my highlights:

Proverbs 24: 17-18 “Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble.  For the Lord will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them.”  Lesson:  That whole “love your enemy” thing?  He means it.

Proverbs 25:20 “A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.”  Lesson:  Without self-control, I afford myself no protection from the harm of bad choices.  My ability to control my desires, emotions, and reactions will ultimately protect my life.

Proverbs 27:2 (My favorite from this week) “Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—a stranger, not your own lips.”  Lesson: Don’t brag.  Don’t become enamored by my achievements or abilities.  Let any compliments come from others.  Rather than focusing on myself, take the time to lavish encouragement on those around me.  God says He loves the humble but despises the haughty.

Mountain Lakers, we are almost to the end of Proverbs!  One more week.  Keep reading…..keep learning to be wise!

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