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As a church we have decided to spend a month studying the book of Proverbs, both in our own personal devotions, and together as a body when we meet on Sunday.
So what will Solomon’s book of Proverbs do for me?
Solomon tells us the purpose of the book in Proverbs 1 verses 2-6:
“For attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young – let the wise listen and add their learning, and let the discerning get guidance – for understanding Proverbs and parables, the saying and riddles of the wise.”
Ram-packed full of life applicable wisdom for every stage of life, the book of Proverbs is something we can all enjoy no matter where we find ourselves.
Can we encourage you, if you haven’t already, make devotional study part of your daily routine, find a quiet space, read the selected passage from your Bible and then after reading your devotion spend some time in prayer and ask God what He is saying to you for the day ahead.
Enjoy the journey as you work your way through Proverbs.
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