Street Smarts



[Proverbs] is ancient wisdom from long human experience endorsed by God himself. – Ray Ortlund Jr. (Senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee)

Key Bible Verse: The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. (Proverbs 4:18)

Dig Deeper: Proverbs 4

Life is a journey. We are becoming the end of our journey, wise or foolish, and every moment takes us closer there.

God cares about that. During the Old Testament era God standardized his speaking to us in three ways. The priests taught his law, the prophets declared his word, and the sages or wise men gave his counsel. Both the commands of the law and the thundering of the prophets spread out before us the gigantic truths of God that make sense of everything. But we need more. We live day by day in a world where “there are details of character small enough to escape the mesh of the law and the broadsides of the prophets, and yet decisive in personal dealings.” So God gave us more than the law and the prophets. He also gave us wise counsel [through inspired writings like we find in Proverbs].

Source of quote: Derek Kidner, The Proverbs: An Introduction and Commentary (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1964), 13.

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