If you’ve ever ventured onto the online social media platform Twitter, you will find random thoughts from users across the world. Some post about politics. Others comment on religion. There are those who like memes while others react to comments with the latest gif. If you’re confused by what you’ve just read, some people feel that way about Proverbs, which is the Twitter of the Bible!

There appears to be a lot of random thoughts in Proverbs – nuggets of gold coupled with pithy sayings. There are sections that pull together wisdom in a more organized fashion. But underlying all of these Biblical ‘tweets’ are some principles that help us to see Christ in the sayings.

Proverbs begins with nine chapters of a father instructing his son in the way of wisdom and avoiding the pitfalls of folly. This father is seeking to instruct his son to live in light of the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom (Prov. 1:7; 9:10). Wisdom and folly are not ways to talk about better and worse ways to live, but point to the blessings of following God’s law and the curses of choosing one’s own path. Wisdom is associated with life and folly with death (Prov. 3:21-35), and God’s instruction is for the purpose of life while the way of selfish pursuits leads to death (Prov. 14:12; 16:25).

Proverbs is the practical application of God’s instruction (his “Law” or “Torah”) to all of life. Because God’s ways lead to life, a Christian should read and believe that these principles will guide one into a life that loves God and neighbour, which is the fulfillment of the law (Rom. 13:8, 10; Gal. 5:14).

Christ is our wisdom, the apostle Paul says in 1 Cor. 1:30. His wisdom looked like foolishness to Greeks and a stumbling stone to Jews. Yet the wisdom of God was that he sent his Son, who listened to his Father’s voice and heeded every word he said (Jn. 5:19). He is the embodiment and fulfillment of all wisdom. His character is full of integrity (Prov. 3:27ff). His commitment enabled him to keep every one of his Father’s words (Prov. 5:15ff). His life was marked with a competency to have discretion (Prov. 3:21). He knew the protection of wisdom, avoiding folly and the evil that comes with it (Prov. 2:11ff). And his knowledge of God enabled him to grow in wisdom and stature, in the favour of God and men (Prov. 2:5-6; Lk. 2:52).

Proverbs is more than a mere collection of random sayings! It shows us that God’s instructions bring life, and that life is found and seen in Christ. As you read the Proverbs, see how Christ fulfills all the wisdom of God, completely obeying the Law and pointing us to the path of blessing that is rooted in the life of God. And along the way, you will become wise!

Seeking the heavenly wisdom with you,

Prepare your heart for Sunday by reading the passage and listening to the songs we’ll sing.