One Proverb at a Time

The Book of Proverbs is a series of wise sayings mostly attributed to King Solomon.  Whether single verse statements or extended poetic sayings, they were well-known and widely accepted truths about life in his time. 

We have many of our own wise says today.  “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” wrote Benjamin Franklin.  “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink,” said my grandmother (and maybe yours, too).  The most popular one here at Helping Up Mission: momma said “I brought you into this world and I can take you out!” 

But the wise sayings of the book of Proverbs are more than just observations and their application for life.  They are God’s message to us about how to live and the opportunity to see, think, feel and act as He does. 

As part of our Spiritual Recovery Program here at Helping Up Mission, men read the chapter of Proverbs which matches the day of the month.  Today is October 30, 2012, and today I read Proverbs chapter 30.  For our guys, learning the practical application and daily benefits of the book’s key concepts of “wisdom” and “the fear of the LORD,” are invaluable tools in the spiritual recovery process.

It is exciting to me, as their teacher, to see guys read the daily chapter and begin understanding what it says.  They start seeing God as He really is and begin seeing themselves, others, and all of life as God does.  The daily Proverb reading becomes an important part of each man’s process in experiencing the hope, answers and empowerment that come from a personal relationship with the God of the Bible.  It really does work and I really do love my job.

Everything One Day at a Time,
Pastor Gary Byers
Spiritual Life Director