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Session 1

So you want to be wise?

Read: Proverbs 1

Most of us know ‘the look.’ It’s the face mom makes when she catches us digging into the cake for the church social. It’s the face dad makes after finding his favorite silk tie tied to the dog. Whether the offense was immediately forgiven, or punished severely, we know we’ve messed up when we see ‘the look’ and we learn from those mistakes.
 
In Proverbs 1, King Solomon states the purposes for the rest of his book: to learn wisdom, understanding, prudent behavior, doing what is right and fair, knowledge, and discretion. 

We don’t have to learn everything by mistake. Wisdom says if we consistently obey God’s rules, we can avoid painful consequences. Read the Bible; do what it says. 

As adults, we balk at the idea that wisdom is as simple as being obedient. Too often, we go about our daily grind and pretend we’ve got it together. We refuse advice that teaches us to live a more fruitful, less anxious life.  

But at the start of this book, Solomon calls us to humble ourselves, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7). 
 
Solomon writes that “… the complacency of fools will destroy them.” But God shows us another way to live: “Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you…whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm” (Proverbs 1:23-32). 

Wisdom begins with listening. Achieving it is a lifetime journey. 

Like the mom who calls us to task for using crayons where we shouldn’t, God’s rebuke is meant to stop, redirect, and set us back on the path He knows is best for us. There, we will learn true wisdom. We can follow God, at ease on the path He has chosen, or we can risk being the fool that despises God and does things his own way. It’s up to us. 
 
Reflect: 

  • Will you commit to studying Proverbs with us to gain the ‘fear of the Lord’ and not ‘despise wisdom and instruction?’
  • What, if anything, would be different if you were being obedient to what Jesus has already asked of you?
  • Are you having difficulty with a major decision? Invite Jesus into your decision-making.

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So you want to be wise?

So you want to be wise?

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The best way to find your way

The best way to find your way

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3

Is God mad at me?

Is God mad at me?

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4

You have access to a wealth of wisdom

You have access to a wealth of wisdom

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5

Flirting with trouble is more dangerous than you think

Flirting with trouble is more dangerous than you think

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Why you need to be leading you

Why you need to be leading you

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How to avoid getting pulled in again

How to avoid getting pulled in again

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How do we know what’s true?

How do we know what’s true?

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How to win in every disagreement

How to win in every disagreement

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Will they miss you when you’re gone?

Will they miss you when you’re gone?

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How are you measuring success in life?

How are you measuring success in life?

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Avoid fools if you don’t want to become one

Avoid fools if you don’t want to become one

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Lying won’t get you what you really want

Lying won’t get you what you really want

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The best place to find the truth is in the Bible

The best place to find the truth is in the Bible

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How to deal with anger

How to deal with anger

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Tomorrow is too big to try it alone

Tomorrow is too big to try it alone

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Use your words for good, not evil

Use your words for good, not evil

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Choose your words wisely

Choose your words wisely

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19

Learn to own your mistakes

Learn to own your mistakes

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20

Why the party scene won’t make you happy

Why the party scene won’t make you happy

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21

There’s no such thing as “get rich quick”

There’s no such thing as “get rich quick”

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Why you should care what other people think

Why you should care what other people think

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Passing down wisdom is the best gift you’ll give your kids

Passing down wisdom is the best gift you’ll give your kids

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With great wisdom comes great responsibility

With great wisdom comes great responsibility

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You can’t do the right thing without the right heart

You can’t do the right thing without the right heart

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How to know who is worthy of honor

How to know who is worthy of honor

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Is the way you handle conflict adding to the drama?

Is the way you handle conflict adding to the drama?

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28

What to look for in a leader

What to look for in a leader

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Why you should welcome discipline at any age

Why you should welcome discipline at any age

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Do you believe God is awesome?

Do you believe God is awesome?

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How to live a life of noble character

How to live a life of noble character

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