In preparing for the study I came across a blog post by Tim Keller called Proverbs: A Mini-Guide to Life which looks at Proverbs 3. I really like it and found it useful for our discussion last night. Here is what Tim says at the beginning of the post.
In my regular, daily Bible reading over the past year I read through Proverbs 3, a passage I've studied and preached through many times. But during this reading, I realized that in verses 3 through 12 we have all the themes of the rest of the book, and therefore a kind of mini-guide to faithful living. There are five things that comprise a wise, godly life. They function both as means to becoming wise and godly as well as signs that you are growing into such a life:Here is a summary of the five things Tim talks about. Go check out his blog post to see what he has to say. If you do, you will have chosen wisely.
- Trust God Deeply
- Submit to the Word
- Be Humble and Teachable
- Be Generous
- Accept and Learn from Difficulties and Suffering