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Proverbs 1: January 1 2014

Proverbs 1:1 tells us that the book of Proverbs are delivered to us at the hand of Solomon, son of David, King of Israel.

 

Without getting Bible-nerdy (go here for that) regarding authorship and editorial additions to Proverbs, let us consider the idea that the King of Israel produced a book of Proverbs.

 

What does that tell us?

 

1. It is better to have wise leaders than popular ones. Or than any other type of leader. If you are picking a president, governor, or any other government leader, then look for one who is wise. Not good-looking. Not charismatic.

 

How do we find one of those?

 

2. It is evident in how they spend their effort. Has this person ever conveyed wisdom to others? Do they teach or write? What is evident in their teaching and writing? If all you ever see is books about themselves, or teaching that seems unwise, then you have clarity about the wisdom.

 

What if they never teach or write or pass on wisdom?

 

3. It is evident that they have little to offer, then. There are no surviving tax manuals from Solomon, nor administrative plans beyond what is evident in Kings and Chronicles. Instead, he left behind a legacy of wisdom for those who followed him.

 

What legacy do you bring to the table?

 

This year, let wisdom grow in your life, and allow that legacy to go forward.

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