Solomon wrote most of the book of Proverbs when he was still following and obeying God. Toward the end of his reign as king, Solomon became distracted idolatry and materialism. This collection of wise sayings, point to seeking wisdom and discernment when making decisions in our lives. A lot of the focus is on knowing His Word, seeking God’s wisdom, seeking guidance and knowing the right path He has for us (2:9-11).
Proverbs also included instructions on conduct and sayings on good vs. evil, the rich vs. the poor and others with 2-line opposites (1:1-7). Seeking God’s wisdom is a daily challenge with all choices and decisions we make. In 4:20 to 5:1, God wants us to “pay attention” to what He says (4:20, 5:1). He also states to know His Word in our hearts, watch our language and to stay on His path and not be distracted. There are so many distractions today with TV, laptops and cell phones. How did we ever survive without a cell phone? How did we ever pass our classes without Google? How did we live without cable TV? We only have an antenna now and still have over 30 channels. Well, we need to get back into the game, pay attention and get back on His path. Proverbs 4:40 to 5:1 is a great prayer you can use. What is your next step you need to adjust an area of your life? I have used these eight verses as a prayer for a few weeks now. During this week, pray these verses as below:
- 4:20-22 listen to His Words
- 4:23 guard your heart
- 4:24 watch your language
- 4:25-27 watch for distractions
- 5:1 listen for wisdom