A Manual for Living

“These are the wise sayings of Solomon, David’s son, Israel’s king—
Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right,
to understand what life means and where it’s going;
A manual for living, for learning what’s right and just and fair;
To teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality.
There’s something here also for seasoned men and women,
still a thing or two for the experienced to learn—”

Proverbs 1:1-5 (MSG)

Why am I here?  What does life mean?  Where is it all going?
How can I live well? How do I know what the right course of action is?
If I’m inexperienced, where can I gain wisdom?
Where I’m experienced, what else can I learn?

Do you ever ask any of these questions?
Where might we find some answers?

I love the way The Message lays it out. Proverbs. A manual for living.
I could use that. Could you?

If so, then I invite you along this month (God willing and the creeks don’t rise, as my Grandma used to say), to explore this book of Proverbs.
With a little reflection.
And a lot of prayer.

Reflection
God’s wisdom existed before the world began. He made the earth by His power and He preserves it by His wisdom (Jeremiah 10:12). His wisdom is revealed in Christ Jesus. For our benefit, He made Jesus to be wisdom itself (1 Corinthians 1:30). In His wisdom, He created everything through Jesus (John 1:3).
We are called to be careful how we live. Not living like fools, but like those who are wise (Ephesians 5:15). If we need wisdom, God tells us to ask, because He is generous and will give it to us (James 1:5). And He does not give the world’s wisdom, because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to Him (1 Corinthians 3:19).
Instead, we find the wisdom in Christ Jesus. In Him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3). He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding (Ephesians 1:8).  And the wisdom we receive from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere (James 3:17).
His wisdom never ends. Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen (Revelation 7:12)

Prayer
Heavenly Father,
You are True Wisdom and You are ready and willing to share Your wisdom with all who seek.
I confess. I have chased after worldly wisdom. I have believed the lies the world and the enemy tells. I have relied on my own insight. I have thought I was wise in my own eyes.
But no more.  I want the wisdom you promise.  I want to know your kindness, your wisdom, and your understanding. I want the peace and goodness your wisdom brings. Please guide me on this journey.
Bring along others on this journey as well. Other wisdom seekers. Let us seek You together.
Thank you for being a generous Father and for not leaving us to our own demise, but offering us everything we need for life.
In the precious name of Jesus, from whom all wisdom flows, Amen.

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About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: tabletsofhumanhearts.wordpress.com I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, with one son-in-love. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in Schertz, located at the crossroads of Texas, just northeast of San Antonio.
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