Many readers of Proverbial Thought may enjoy the thoughts we share each day.
Maybe you do not understand some our thought process.
I for one do enjoy writing out these devotional thoughts for others to enjoy, but it weighs heavy on my heart.
For starters, read Proverbs 26. It will only take a few minutes. What really strikes me is the number of verses about the wastefulness, follies, and even dangers of fools speaking proverbs.
We are basically putting it put there that we are responsible for affecting the way people think!
In fact, when I was a new believer of Jesus Christ, I knew I should “do my part” and read at least something in the Bible. I chose James, for “not being too long and possibly boring me, nor too short and making me look lazy.”
Ouch. This was the first thing that stood out to me (in my NIV Bible at the time):
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
I understood that to teach others means I would be scrutinized myself, both by other people and by God.
That terrified little 16-year-old me! (Even at six feet tall at that time …)
Honestly, it should be intimidating to all of us.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
God has an expectation. If you teach others about the Word of God – which all believers should in some way – you are expected to know what it says and how to explain it adequately.
This is the struggle we deal with every day for Proverbial Thought, and for many of us, who are pastors and ministry leaders, as a daily concern.
Therefore, we write to help others (you, dear reader!) to be better equipped to share your faith, even if mostly about the Proverbs.
If you are a follower of the Lord, you should be able to share the reason for your faith. Use any tool available to you to grow, starting with regular Bible study, researching what others have said, and meeting with fellow believers (by going to church, attending Bible studies, meeting together just to talk, and serving togwther).
Hopefully, we have played a role in your growth and not written foolishly.