Wisdom – Study #1
The Treasure that is Wisdom – Proverbs 3
Have you ever wished you were smarter? Wiser? Most people have. “Hindsight is always 20/20” so goes the popular quip. “If only I’d have known” or “I should have seen that coming,” we say. Some things we “miss” are not that consequential. Other matters along life’s path are BIG. With such things, better to “measure twice and cut once” rather than “measure once and cut twice.”
The Father God who made us and knows us (cf. Psalm 139:1-6) offers us a “measure twice, cut once” resource. It’s called WISDOM, and true, timely wisdom comes from Him; specifically, His Son (His Incarnate Word) and His Word (His written word). Highlighted this week–God’s wisdom is abundantly available.
Sunday’s Teaching: Here is the key idea:
Life’s best compass is also life’s most priceless treasure – God’s wisdom.
We discovered how available God’s wisdom is, what wisdom will do in our lives, and the importance of choosing to step closer to the true source of wisdom, a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let’s get STARTED – Talk together about the BIG things that truly need God’s “measure twice, cut once” wisdom. What 5 things populate your list? Discuss your choices.
Let’s Explore in the WORD – In our first Connect Group Study, let’s survey the landscape we will be covering in the next 6 weeks of teaching, from Proverbs 3:1-12. Looking at each “couplet,” do two things. First, what “wisdom” is offered here (summarize the principle being taught)? And second, what other Scripture passages echo this same wisdom. Have fun!
1My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, 2 for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you
3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your flesh[b] and refreshment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, 12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
Let’s Prioritize APPLICATION – Finish by sharing which of these wisdom lessons struck you as particularly important. Also, think ahead about the things for which you need God’s wisdom. What are you looking forward to learning in this Spring series?
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