I just finished going through the Bible again within this last year. I was so excited when I woke up this morning thinking that I get to start over again! Every time I listen to the same verses I heard a year ago, I find something new from the reading.
Like this morning, the Proverb started the whole theme of my day: HAVE A TEACHABLE SPIRIT!
Purpose and Theme
1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
When I heard the word “simple” in the verses above, I giggled out loud! I thought about how many people would really be offended by that. People in general don’t like to be called “simple.”
Personally, I have referred to myself as simple in the since that I like for things to be simple. I have even said before when things seem to get a little complicated, “I’m just too simple.” I don’t like circumstances that seem to complex, intricate, involved, convoluted, thorny, or tortuous to just list a few adjectives. I like things to be SIMPLE.
After doing a little research, on the website BibleGateway.com it has “simple” defined in the footnotes:
Proverbs 1:4 The Hebrew word rendered simple in Proverbs denotes a person who is gullible, without moral direction and inclined to evil.
After reading that, I didn’t giggle. I realize that the proverbs are written for us SIMPLE people who basically need straightening out. We need a new way of thinking! As it says, they are for insight and instruction. They are like TIPS. So many people want a quick list of tips when needing advice. The proverbs aren’t super quick and the Bible itself is a pretty long read, but it’s the best “LIST OF TIPS” we can ever get our hands on. We need it to renew our thinking. We need it to renew our mind, our spirit and set our way on a path that is more righteous and full of blessings you cannot even fathom!
After listening to the Proverb above, I went on to look up the verses from my daily devo (Jesus is Calling). The theme of the reading was that we should have a teachable spirit. I thought about the Proverb! We are so simple…we need some teaching! The verse below talks about renewing our mind. How perfect this whole lesson was for me today on this brand new day, starting the Bible once again on this shiny first day of the NEW YEAR. New Year–New Thinking!
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
I pray you start your New Year with a need to be taught through the Bible. I hope for your renewing! I long for continued renewing for myself, my family and friends. May this year of 2014 be full of blessings that are apparent, evident and super obvious. With each blessing, may we all praise God and tell others how they too can have a (Happy)
New Year and New Thinking!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. -Matthew 5:16