Road Rules | Proverbs 1:1-4 | Devotional
Proverbs 1:1-4 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young--
Road Signs…they are all over the place. Did you know that there are 500 federally approved traffic signs in use today? They tell us when to stop, slow down, and yield. Some tell us to change lanes or take an exit. Others tell us the road we need is closed or the road we don’t need is now open. Road signs direct us to airports, zoos, national monuments, gas stations, restaurants, restrooms, and most importantly, how far it is to the next Cracker Barrel. They give us direction and distance, warning and guidance. Sometimes we miss the signs, especially young drivers. That’s because, according to the USA Today, 83% are talking on their cell phone, 68% are texting, and 54% are scrolling their iPod. Alright, let’s be fair. Not just young drivers miss the road signs.
In the Old Testament, there is a book of Road Signs called The Book of Proverbs. This collection of moral and ethical instruction deals with many aspects of life. The book is a guide to wise living and provides warnings for the potential pitfalls ahead. Our passage today sets forth the fivefold purpose of the book.
- To learn wisdom and discipline
- To discern wise counsel
- To receive moral instruction for skillful living
- To impart insight to the simple and discernment to the young
- To understand wise saying and instructive stories
Let’s take a road trip together through a book packed full of deep insight, needed instruction, and downright common sense. So turn off your cell phone, take a break from the texting, and unplug the iPod. This is going to be a fun trip and you don’t want to miss the Road Signs.
Father, as we start a new devotional series through the book of Proverbs, we ask that You be our guide. Give us an attentive mind to understand, a soft heart to heed the warnings, and willing hands and feet to apply the truth of Your word. In Christ’s Name. Amen.