Proverbs: The Way of Wisdom

Day 4: The Commands of God

If you’re just joining us, welcome. You’ll find a short introduction to the Proverbs reading plan on Day 1.

Section One, cont’d— God: Wisdom concerning the nature and values of God

In this first week of our study of Proverbs, we are turning our attention upward to who God is and the wisdom He offers His people. We’re exploring topics such as the ways of wisdom and folly, the fear of God, what God commands, what God hates, and blessings and curses.


Day Four: The Commands of God

Imagine what this world would be like if God had chosen to be silent and distant from His creation. Imagine if He had not given us His Word to guide us. Imagine how lost and morally bankrupt we would be—how hopeless we would be when it comes to understanding our identity and worth.

Though it is part of our sinful nature to rebel against God, His commands are more than mere rules. They are one of the primary ways He has drawn close and revealed His character. The commands of God help us to know who He is and what He values for the children He loves.

Consider how these proverbs guide us in approaching God’s commands with wisdom.

Proverbs 4:1-4
1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s discipline,
and pay attention so that you may gain understanding,
2 for I am giving you good instruction.
Don’t abandon my teaching.
3 When I was a son with my father,
tender and precious to my mother,
4 he taught me and said:
“Your heart must hold on to my words.
Keep my commands and live.”

Proverbs 6:20-23
20 My son, keep your father’s command,
and don’t reject your mother’s teaching.
21 Always bind them to your heart;
tie them around your neck.
22 When you walk here and there, they will guide you;
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
when you wake up, they will talk to you.
23 For a command is a lamp, teaching is a light,
and corrective discipline is the way to life.

Proverbs 29:18
Without revelation people run wild,
but one who listens to instruction will be happy.

Proverbs 30:5
Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.


Q. We have all inherited a sinful nature and, therefore, we cannot keep God’s commands perfectly. So, according to these proverbs, what purpose do His commands serve in the day-to-day life of a Christian? 

Q. Where do you find yourself “running wild” (Proverbs 29:18)? What drives this in us—this desire to live without law?

Q. Is it possible to live without law? If we reject the Law of God and say “I live by no law,” is there still a law governing us? If so, what is it? 

Q. When was the last time you received “corrective discipline”? Are you one who willingly receives reproof? If so, under what circumstances and from whom? If not, why not? 

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