Happy New Year 2012. Every January 1 brings the opportunity to have a “fresh” start. Many people set New Year Resolutions. If the person is goal driven he may actually follow through on those resolutions, but I bet most of us aren’t and those resolutions fall by the wayside rather quickly.
I joined a Bible reading group on Facebook that started yesterday, Jan 1. Our reading took us to Proverbs 1. I must say that I have never started the year in Proverbs, but it was a super way to begin.
Take for example these verses:
To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
(Proverbs 1:2-7 ESV)
Right away, the writer outlines the propose for these proverbs: to know wisdom and instruction. I often tell people that I am a student and hopefully will be until I die. I want to know wisdom and understand instruction.
These verses also provide instruction (wisdom) that is practical, learn-able, and moral. Each of these verses offer great instruction for each person for daily living.
This passage concludes with where it all begins: “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” As this New Year begins, may we all fear the Lord and seek His wisdom.