The book of Proverbs is a guide for pursuing godly wisdom in our daily lives. In this four-week study, we will read a selection of topical proverbs covering different aspects of wisdom, from how to interact with our friends, families, and neighbors, to fearing God and keeping His commands. No matter the subject, these proverbs urge us to wrestle with and reflect on our own response to them. To help you better engage with the proverbs in this reading plan, we have provided you with a short introduction and reflection questions for each day.
Jesus says, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:44–45). Amos 5:15 reads, “Hate evil and love good.” One of the profound characteristics of a maturing Christ follower is a desire to live in the tension of hating evil while loving our enemies. In a way, this is the heart of the gospel: Christ came carrying an unwavering disdain for the sin at work in us while maintaining an unwavering love for us. We are also called to remain faithful and truthful keeping company with those who are reliable (Proverbs 25:19).
How often would you say you are caught in an internal struggle between good and evil?
Read Proverbs 3:3. What does it mean to tie faithfulness around your neck and write it on the tablet of your heart?
Who are some faithful people in your life? If an unfaithful person is compared to a bad tooth or a busted foot (Proverbs 25:19), to what would you compare a faithful person?