And so it begins…the Book of Proverbs

I know I was going to come back and keep writing through the book of Leviticus. Well, I didn’t so now what? I’m really sorry I didn’t though, really I am. Life kinda happened you know and by the time I got settled into living my life in three-hour segments while the baby naps, it was too late for me to begin blogging through Leviticus, and I was usually to exhausted to do any kind of thinking, let alone writing, anyway.

Starting 15th June, some of the ladies over at Women Living Well will be working through the book of Proverbs and then the Song of Songs, following the format and using the tools explained on the Good Morning Girls section of the website. This will be my third attempt at ‘blogging through the Bible’ – third time’s the charm, right – and I hope that this time I’ll be able to complete the chosen book. My first attempt went really well but I got overwhelmed with life at the end and didn’t finish. The second attempt did not go so well; there isn’t a single post on the book of Leviticus. I don’t beat myself up over these things though – that’s self-hating behaviour. I acknowledge my short-comings, take the lesson and move on. I am not called to live in the past and I work hard every day not to allow the mistakes of the past to impact my present and my future too greatly. Of course there are consequences yada-yada, but…I digress.

The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon, and it is believed that in addition to his own wise sayings, he also included sayings from other sources available at the time. The book is therefore a compilation of wise sayings and words of wisdom from King Solomon and other sages.

The book of Proverbs is intended to give wise and Godly counsel for all aspects of life: relationships, business, parenting, marriage, friendship – all aspects, I believe. The first chapter exhorts us to fear God as this is the beginning of wisdom and one can only assume that once the introduction is out of the way we will get to the wisdom. It’ll be interesting to go through Proverbs with ear and heart tuned to the things of God.

I must confess, I am excited about this in a way I cannot explain. Leviticus did not make me feel this way, though I tried and tried to get excited about it. I’m looking forward to this as I’ve never read through Proverbs before, and I’m fully expectant that this will be a great experience. I hope you’ll stay the course and that you’ll engage with me in the comments.

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Author: rooibosandgrace

Living life loud, growing natural hair, using my words as God leads. - a recipient of Grace.

2 thoughts on “And so it begins…the Book of Proverbs”

  1. When I think of the word “fear” I have visions of scary monsters, anger, violence, and being faint-hearted or timid. I believe however the scripture is speaking of showing honor and respect to God Almighty. He wants our worship, praise, and commitment based on love God wants us to be bold and outgoing in our belief of Him not timid or easily persuaded by today’s worldly standard. Only then can we truly begin to have a good life that creates an emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

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    1. For me, fear of God is about an actual fear: He is a terrifying God, there is no getting around that. However, that fear that should rightly turn us into gibbering idiots is tempered by His expressed love for us and our faith in Christ and in Grace. There is no way to relate to God outside of fear, without acknowledging Christ. Without Christ God is far from u(s, He cannot be near us. It is Christ who gives us the justification we need to boldly approach God’s throne as children approaching a loving Father. Fear of God is what drives us to Christ: that deep reverential fear.

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