Big Hill Bible Studies
10 July 2018
Let's try something different with this Proverb. Read the entire chapter and then go back and jot down characteristics / traits you would see in an individual that would live according to these instructions. For example, in verse 5 we would see a person who thinks before they act with discipline and restraint. After you compose your list, go back and see how many people you can list on paper that exhibit some of these traits and try to come up with someone you know who exhibits them all. Are you able to think of situations that have presented themselves where these people have shown the traits we are studying?
Now comes the kicker - go back over your list and consider two things;
Consider first how many of these characteristics do you believe you possess? Be critically honest with yourself and see this exercise as an educational opportunity. Where do you fall short? Where do you excel?
Lastly, consider this. If you were to give this list to your spouse, or a family member, or a close friend, how do you think they would "score you" when asked to indicate which traits they see in you?
The reason I'd like to challenge you all with this today is to get us to see some spiritual truth. This is only one chapter in the book of Proverbs. Let's consider a few thoughts:
1. How many things are we being taught in this chapter alone?
2. How many things does this book teach us that could actually change our lives?
3. This book is considered by scholars to be one of the "wisdom" books of the Bible. What could we learn if we were to read the entire Bible aware of the opportunities to learn to improve our life?
4. Are we able to study the entire Bible in the same fashion we have been studying Proverbs? The answer of course is yes, we are able. The resulting question now becomes, why haven't we?
2 Corinthians 13:5 states, "Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you unless indeed you fail the test?" If we were to recognize Christ lives in us, would we be acting and living the way we do? It seems to me I have a lot of learning and work to do? How are you doing in this?