Have you really read the biblical book of Proverbs? I would encourage you to read and to absorb the teaching of this Old Testament book.
There are many different ways to read the Bible. Many people read the Bible through in a calendar year. Others read a book at a sitting. For example, you could read all thirty-one chapters of Proverbs at one time. While some books work very well with this plan (Ruth is a great example), Proverbs probably needs to be read in small increments and to be meditated upon.
Today I want to give you three passages from the Proverbs that have especially blessed my life.
First, I deeply appreciate Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.” Every nation needs this proverb. We need to be reminded that righteous living blesses us and our neighbors while sin condemns a nation or society.
If you care about people, you should seek righteousness personally and collectively because righteousness brings blessings.
Second, I take great comfort in Proverbs 16:7, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” If you want to live in peace with others and to have the blessings of God on your life, you must seek to please God in all your ways.
This verse is the teaching we give to our church security patrol and law enforcement officers from our church. We should all pray to please God with our lives.
Third, my life verses come from the Proverbs, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Do you need guidance? Would you like to have God’s blessings on your marriage, job, or family? Acknowledge God as your Lord and seek to follow Him in all His ways.
Do you see a common theme here? It’s this: trust and obey. Seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness. By doing so, you open the door to God’s abundant blessings.