The book of Proverbs found in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible are wise statements of truth. They give understanding in the application of biblical teachings to our lives. The over riding theme of the many proverbs is wisdom. There are indeed other common threads found in Proverbs but in almost every chapter something is said about wisdom or getting understanding etc.

The wisdom of the Proverbs for this article is found in Proverbs 3:5-6. This may be one of the most popular passages found in the Proverbs. Here it is:

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Trust In The Lord With All Thine Heart...

Trust In The Lord With All Thine Heart…

Before we can trust in The Lord we need to have faith in Him.  Faith is believing in something that is true that you cannot see.  How can you trust someone who you do not believe in? So faith is required to implement this wise statement of truth.  Not only must you trust in The Lord but you must do it with all your heart. In the scriptures the term “heart” often represents your whole soul or all your energy.  So we must trust in The Lord with everything we have.

We must NOT lean to our own understanding. In other words we must not expect answers to prayers in a very specific way. In most cases, we must expect the answer to be what The Lord, in His infinite knowledge and wisdom wants for us at that particular time.  Often He will answer our prayers the way we want but at a different level than we expect.  So we need to remember not to lean unto our own understanding but trust that The Savior will provide what is best.

Not only must we trust in Jesus but in all our ways, or in all aspects of our life, we must show gratitude for all that He has done for us.  We should not fail to see the simple as well as the grand blessings we have been given by our Master. Just as the sun rises everyday doesn’t mean we will.  Just having another day on this earth to serve The Lord is a great blessing. In all our way show gratitude for all our blessings.

Now here comes the best part of the passage. “He shall direct thy paths.” How eternally wonderful is this? He will direct our paths. With Christ at the helm of our lives how can we go astray? To have Jehovah in our lives is as simple as these virtues: Trust, Disregard our own understanding in favor of His and Be grateful. So here is the mathematical formula to receiving blessings from our Redeemer:  Faith + Trust + His will + Gratitude = Blessings.

With The Lord on our side how can we fail? The wisdom of the Proverbs is a grand blessing for us. Search that ye may find and apply to your every day life.

The Proverbs

The Proverbs

The collection of Proverbs in the Old Testament is what I like to call the place where the “rubber meets the road”. The Proverbs are short sayings that generally give counsel about living righteously. These short sayings can be as small as a one sentence verse to a half a chapter. No Old Testament prophets wrote any of the Proverbs. But many of the Proverbs are considered to be inspired writings. In 1 Kings 4:32 it says that King Solomon “spake three thousand proverbs”. Some of those are included in what we know today as The Proverbs. Some Proverbs are such that no one knows who wrote them. The very last proverb was written by King Lemual.

Proverbs On Wisdom

Proverbs On Wisdom

As you read through all of the Proverbs you will see several recurring themes that the Proverbs speak to like Wisdom, Pride, Friendship, Happiness and Morality. There are additional topics such as trusting in The Lord, raising children, avoiding sin and temptations and the words we speak.

Out of all the themes or topics covered in The Proverbs one major themes seems to override them all and is present through all 31 chapters. That topic is “wisdom”. Wisdom that comes from God. Look at these two passages of scripture found in The Proverbs that tell us about “wisdom”.

Proverbs 1:5,7

5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels. 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 2:2-6

2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

If we follow the counsel in the previously mentioned scriptures we can see the wisdom in all the proverbs as well as find wisdom in our lives. As we consider The Proverbs we can see the inspired teachings of The Bible meet real life and get short statements of truth relative to our every day life, where the rubber meets the road.


In the context of The Proverbs:

Fear means reverence and respect for God.

Froward means perverse.

Talebearer means gossip.

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