Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
Proverbs 3:1-8 calls the young reader, "my son" (v. 1) to hold to wise teaching, particularly that which guides him to God. He gives a reason as well. Verse two says the teaching will add "length of days and years of life and peace" (ESV).
When we read a text like this we do need to remember that proverbs are not guarantees or dogmatic theological statements. But they do express ideas that generally apply to life.
What's the general principle? God grants his people fulfillment. The days are productive. Living a godly life makes us less likely to self-destruct through conflict or unhealthy patterns. We live a longer life, a life of peace.
Granted, this doesn't always work out. But trusting in God, surrounding yourself with those who love and trust him, committing yourself to live at peace with God and others, and seeking his wisdom is good. It leads us to fulfilled lives.
The Proverbs say that we find all this as we acknowledge God as he is revealed in Scripture. This is why we dedicate some of our time to faithful study of the Bible. Thanks for joining me in this venture.
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