Proverbs 9

Life is like a book

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Your life is like a book authored by God. Impossible you say. What makes me so important that He would write a book about you? Well, He loves you.

Book, Life, Chapters
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Life is like a book. When you meet someone, you never know which chapter of their life you have entered. But when you figure that out, you’re better able to relate to them. At the same time, your life is like a series of chapters being written too. Don’t neglect to think about where you’re at in your own story. 

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Your Neverending Story

Furthermore, our stories all have context—interrelated conditions in which someone or something exists—that makes us who we are. Our backgrounds. Our experiences, parents, beliefs, and geographic locations. The list of factors that shape us into who we are is endless. In other words, nobody lives in a bubble. We are who we are based on myriad factors—and the better we understand what those factors are, the better equipped we will be to deal with conflict.

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So context matters. One of the reasons we experience tension is because of the context of our lives. 

And more than any other factor, your view of God is extremely important in how it shapes your story. If you feel God has let you down, your story is shaped or reshaped. You feel like God exists but isn’t present in your life, your story is shaped or reshaped. God is your Creator, your God,your God Savior, your story is shaped or reshaped.

Conflict with others

When you are in conflict with another person, you’d do well to remember that their view of God is extremely important for their story too. Do you know what they think about God?

Scripture

Think about them in terms of what they tell us we can be sure is true of God.

God is the Creator – Psalm 139:13–14; Isaiah 40:28

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
Isaiah 40:28

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Psalms 139:13‭-‬14

God is holy and the ultimate Judge- James 4:12; 1 Pet. 1:14–16

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:14‭-‬16

There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?
James 4:12

God sent his Son as the Savior of the world Romans 5:6–8

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:6‭-‬8

God is a Protector – 2 Thessalonians: 3-3

God is goodPsalm 107:1

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalms 107:1

God is merciful – Psalm 145:9

The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
Psalms 145:9

Understanding God like that is a good background for writing the rest of your story!

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Magnify Proverbs 9

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The internet is full of quick resources and self-help advice amidst times of calm and times of crisis. You can find help on literally anything on the go anytime, anywhere. But how much of it is true and actually helpful and how much of it is just click-bait and sensationalism. Thankfully, we have a book that has stood the test of time. King Solomon, the wisest man to have ever lived (excluding Jesus fully-man of course). Solomon, Son of David, when asked by God he can have anything he wants, Solomon responded  “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10). It is through this godly wisdom that we have the book of Proverbs today! Today we focus on Proverbs 9 – Legos.

Amazing!

Let’s journey through Proverbs!

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Proverbs 9

Invitations of Wisdom and Folly

Wisdom has built her house;
    she has set up its seven pillars.
She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
    she has also set her table.
She has sent out her servants, and she calls
    from the highest point of the city,
    “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
    “Come, eat my food
    and drink the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways and you will live;
    walk in the way of insight.”

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
    whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;
    rebuke the wise and they will love you.
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
    teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
    and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For through wisdom your days will be many,
    and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
    if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.

13 Folly is an unruly woman;
    she is simple and knows nothing.
14 She sits at the door of her house,
    on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15 calling out to those who pass by,
    who go straight on their way,
16     “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
17     “Stolen water is sweet;
    food eaten in secret is delicious!”
18 But little do they know that the dead are there,
    that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.

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Stepping on Legos

Photo by Polesie Toys on Pexels.com

Why does it hurt so much? It all has to do with the material these stacking block toys are made out of, according to scientists. It’s called ABS plastic and it’s a combo of three different types of materials that make them strong, resistant, and shiny. All of these characteristics combined means those blocks are small, but mighty, and don’t give way under pressure.

Because of this, the pressure of your weight ends up cramming the brick up into your foot — and since this is such a soft area (with a ton of sensory receptors), that’s not a good combination.

I am always amazed how meticulous most Lego models and building can be. Start the building phase. Lay everything out in a specific area so you know exactly what you have in front of you, and to make sure you are not missing anything. Laying it all out first teaches you it is easier to build the project. If you don’t follow the directions, the death star would be a complete mess.

How are you building Godly Wisdom?

As you read through Proverbs 9 today, I want you to think about how you are building Godly wisdom in your life right now. How would you define wisdom, and what do you think are the things God is asking you to build into your life right now? If you were to receive a Godly wisdom Lego set, what would it look like?

  • Would you build it with honesty?
  • Will you build it with humility?
  • How much joy you build it with?

Write down 7 attributes of wisdom you want your life to have as a foundation.

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