OVERVIEW: The purpose of proverbs: warnings to ignore sinful invitations we encouragement to receive and follow wisdom.
BIG IDEA: Listen and obey.
KEY VERSE: Proverb 1:7
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I have an abundant life to offer—one that is full, fun, and filled with purpose. To gain the most from my offer, follow my wisdom and instruction. Listen to it and obey it. My words are for you—to navigate challenges and overcome fear. They are given in love and as a means to support and encourage you. Don’t be proud and arrogant and ignore what I have to say. I’m not micro-managing you. I’m actively loving and serving you. But for you to recognize that, you have to know me. I want you to come to a place where you stand in awe, where you cannot believe that I would provide all I do. That’s when you’ll get it! That’s when you’ll begin to know the real me.
And that’s when you will heed my warnings. Don’t be surprised by temptation. You’re not above it. Sin is attractive—that’s why it’s tempting. But sin leads to destruction. I, however, will lead you to live a life that is full, fun, and purpose-filled.
Is there a specific path you take (at school, or work, or in your community) that tempts you? Choose a new way and pray to God for help and wisdom.