Wednesday, July 6, 2011

31 DAYS TO A WISER YOU: Proverbs Chapter 6

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This is part of a series, studying the book of Proverbs during the month of July, 2011. For more details click here.

In chapter 6, King Solomon is all over the place, seemingly unfocused in these 35 verses.  He refers to staying out of debt/not co-signing for others on a loan, about developing and living a healthy work ethic like the ants.  He describes "worthless" people as well as 7 types of people that God detests.  He advises us to learn from our parents, to keep and develop what's been taught to us so that we can live a life pleasing to God.  And then he returns to cautioning us against the immoral woman, and the consequences of coming into a relationship with her.  Again with preaching about the damage sexual sins will cause?

It's so cool that, throughout these 31 chapters, no matter what topic is being discussed, there's one common theme - living a life worthy of being called a Christ-follower.  In fact, even if you don't have a life-changing relationship with Jesus, the common wisdom being shared will aid you in living a reduced stress life.  I would say that, of all 66 books in the Bible, the truths contained in Proverbs are most helpful in living life, whether the Holy Spirit is guiding you or not.

The beauty of these truths is that if we learn from them - digest them - they will be with us continuously.  We will not just know these truths, we will be living out these truths daily by the way we conduct ourselves.

Key Verses For Me
Proverbs 6:21 - Keep their words always in your heart.  Tie them around your neck.

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. - Galileo Galilei
Related Scriptures
2 Corinthians 3:3 - Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you.  This "letter" is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God.  It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for all you have done for me, and given me.  May I be wise with what resources You have granted me, and may I constantly be seeking Your favor through righteous living.  May my words and deeds be a testimony for others of a life forever changed by Your grace.
So what verse(s) stick out to you and why?


  1. I am just joining! Sorry I'm late! In chapter 6, Duncan and I discussed verse 13 which may help us determine if someone is being dishonest with us. "He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers." In catching up with the reading, I have to mention that I found a verse that I'll keep with me...chapter 3, verse 26, "For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken." That verse spoke to me. I need to remember that when I am in difficult situations, especially when I am feeling bogged down, He can uplift me.

  2. thanks for this post Bruce. because of your reference, I will use 2 Cor 3:3 in a devo that I'm sharing in staff meeting today.
    be blessed!

  3. Davis's - glad too have you guys on board. I love 3:26 - it's take the burden off of us to "fix" things - instead, if we give Him control, He will guide us in the right direction. And not only guide, but provide for, protect, and bless. Thanks Tricia!

  4. Thanks for sharing Carol. I too enjoy your shares on Facebook. As iron sharpenth iron....:<)