Today’s devotion is on Proverbs 15. When I look through all of these verses I think wow this chapter has a lot of verses (33 to be exact). Sometimes our ‘want to’ apply wisdom is met with an overwhelming fear of where do I start? What do I do? If you are reading this devotion you have started in a good place. its always good to start with the word of God. You can’t go wrong with Proverbs (the book of wisdom).
But do these verses apply to you today? They do. Here’s how you can get the most out of Proverbs.
1. There is the setting in which they were spoken; this is largely the context of the young men in the royal court of the king.
2. There is the setting of the book as a whole and how its teachings are to be understood in light of the rest of Scripture. For example, there is much to be gained by comparing the wisdom Solomon taught with the wisdom Christ personified.
3. There is the historical context in which the principles and truths draw on illustrations from their own day.
A final area of challenge comes in understanding that proverbs are divine guidelines and wise observations, i.e., teaching underlying principles (15:27) which are not always inflexible laws or absolute promises. These expressions of general truth (15:22) generally do have “exceptions,” due to the uncertainty of life and unpredictable behavior of fallen men. God does not guarantee uniform outcome or application for each proverb, but in studying them and applying them, one comes to contemplate the mind of God, His character, His attributes, His works, and His blessings. All of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge expressed in Proverbs are hidden in Christ (Col.2:3).
When you study the proverbs in this way it really helps you understand just what God is trying to say to you. But more than that which verses resonate with you? Where are you lacking? Remember a timely word is delightful (15:23). I hope these verses meet you where you are at this week. God bless and I am praying for you.