Reading Proverbs 1:1-33
Today we begin our month in Proverbs. Much of Proverbs is written by Solomon to his son Rehoboam. It’s a great name for a future king, it means “The people have grown bigger”, I think Solomon has high hopes for his son as he writes these words; he hopes that under the leadership of his son the whole nation of Israel will grow physically stronger, spiritually wiser, and walk much closer to their God. Sadly, Rehoboam doesn’t “listen” (vs 8), either to his fathers words, or the words of Wisdom ‘calling aloud’ to him (vs 20), the Kingdom splits and the seeds of ruin, both for him and the nation are sown. (2 Chronicles 12:14) Rehoboam’s father was different, he knew what it was to listen. At the very beginning of Solomon’s reign, God asked Solomon, “What do you desire?”, Solomon answered, “A hearing (discerning) heart, in order to govern God’s people”. God blessed him with both wisdom to govern and resources to accomplish all that God called him to do. (1 Kings 3:1-15).
When Jesus taught his disciples “listening” was a major theme, “Let those with ears hear” (Mat 11:15, Mk 4:9 and Rev 2:29 are good examples). It’s easy to drown out His words. The world is noisy, and if we’re honest our worlds are noisy too, we barely stop, often doing everything with the radio or TV on. Multitasking! Today how can we create some moments to listen?
Jesus said …
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30 ESV)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Lord just like Solomon I ask that you may give me a hearing heart, you might give me a discerning heart. I look to you today, knowing that no-one whose hope is in you, has ever been put to shame.
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