The Phone Tree Bible Study Group’s 2012 Summer Challenge
Gaining Wisdom – 8 weeks in the Proverbs
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 12-15
Chapter 12 Summary – > There is a way that is right and a way that is wrong. To subscribe to right is life. To subscribe to wrong is death.
Power Scripture: “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad.” – Proverbs 12:25
Practical Life Message: The burdens of life and the chaos it produces internally are heavy. They get hard to carry, impacting the very soul. But there is One who has a good word that not only makes the heart glad but also brings eternal relief.
Chapter 13 Summary – > Great wisdom comes in understanding the way of righteousness and accepting it as a way of life.
Power Scripture: “The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the stomach of the wicked is in need.” – Proverbs 13:25
Practical Life Message: She who understands righteousness and lives by it is filled to the measure, but she who is filled only with wickedness always craves to be fed. One must remember that in the way of unrighteousness, there will always be dissatisfaction and a hunger for more.
Chapter 14 Summary – > The way that seems right is often wrong.
Power Scripture: “The naive believes everything, but the sensible man considers his steps.” Proverbs 14:15
Practical Life Message: A step toward righteousness is sure, firm, and blessed by God. Of the woman who appreciates where she places her feet, it can be said that there is wisdom. As such, one should step boldly and confidently toward the Most High and rest in His knowledge and surety.
Chapter 15 Summary – > The reward for the upright is prosperity in the LORD. There is no such reward for the one who chooses to oppose the Creator.
Power Scripture: “The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes humility.” – Proverbs 15:33
Practical Life Message: Fear of the Most High is the beginning of all knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Reverence Him. Humble yourself before Him. Live for His glory.
7 Questions to Consider:
1) Do you move by righteous acts or wicked acts?
2) Are you burdened by weights you’ve attempted to carry on your own?
3) Where do you seek to find satisfaction?
4) Is your way guided by your own steps or the steps of the Holy One?
5) Do you presently surround yourself with fools (consider the Scriptural definition of fool)?
6) Are there things in your life that would be considered abominations to God?
7) Are you in pursuit of righteousness? Why or why not? (Note: Meditate on Proverbs 15:9b.)
His Word. Life Relevance. Holy Direction.