The theme of our series on Proverbs is, “Learning to see the end from the beginning.” One of the great values of the Biblical wisdom of Proverbs is that it teaches us that we don’t have to experience every type of sin or bad decision in order to understand the consequences of those actions; rather, wisdom allows you to see the consequences and results of bad decisions before they happen so that you don’t have to experience them. Yes, wisdom allows you to discern between good and bad, right and wrong, truth and folly before you fall into disastrous sin.
Jesus taught this exact lesson in Matthew 7:13-14 when he talked about two types of gates and two types of roads. He said there was a small gate with a narrow road and a wide gate with a broad road. Many people like the wide gate/broad road because a lot of people are on it. It looks attractive. But Jesus teaches us to look at the end of that road first…it leads to destruction! On the flip side, the small gate/narrow road might not look appealing. I mean…not many people are on it. But look at the end of the road…It leads to life!
In the same way, Proverbs maps out two roads: The road of the wise, and the road of the fool. But the great value of Proverbs is that this book teaches us what is at the end of each road! Proverbs shows us the end of the road for truth and folly as they relate to our relationships with God, friendships, family, finances, work-ethic, our words, and many, many more.
In fact, throughout this series, we will see how God teaches us to “see the end from the beginning” including topics like:
- Don’t be a Fool
- Wisdom vs. Foolishness
- The Value of Wisdom
- Trusting in the Lord
- The Seven Abominations
- The Good Friend and Neighbor
- The Power of Words
- Parenting and Wise Child Training
- The Sluggard
But please know from the beginning that the book of Proverbs is not a “How To” book. This is not Solomon’s best efforts to get someone through life. Rather, this Proverbs is centered on man’s relationship with God. Nowhere is that clearer than in Proverbs 1:7 which says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” By “fear,” Solomon is not taking about having terror of God, but a reverent awe of who God is and a worshipful response to what He has done. Yet, the only way to have reverence and worship is by knowing God – and that is only possible through Jesus Christ. “To fear God is to know God.” That means that everything starts with a personal relationship with Jesus. Without knowing Jesus, there is no way to be wise. Only foolishness remains.
I hope you will join us for this series on Proverbs.