I’m teaching our congregation’s men’s Sunday School class this month. The first part of this Sunday’s lesson is based on Proverbs 5:15-18. I’ve pasted in below the rough first draft of my verse-by-verse observations. (The stuff in Spanish is from the Reina-Valera 1960 version of the Bible. Beneath any such usage you will find my translation to English.)
“Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well” (Proverbs 5:15).
- Take only that which is yours.
- Do not drink in sights and experiences which are not yours — not “out there,” not in your house, not on your digital device, not “in here” (tap head).
My heart needs a stronger bent toward wisdom. The pursuit of wisdom does not dominate my thinking, drive my doing, nor consume my life. Bible reading, meditation, and study occupy an extremely small portion of my day. Reading challenging, thought-provoking books and thinking about their message do not find a ready place in my day’s activities. Probing the life experiences and lessons in others . . . well, that rarely happens.
Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing.” In my head and heart I know this to be true. So that’s a good step. But I want more than mere knowledge and intellectual assent to the truth! I want to live in such a way that I prove I believe it. I want to live in joyful obedience to the last part of that verse: “Therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Continue reading