A Proverbs A Day // Proverbs 4

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The 4th // Proverbs 4

I read the Divergent Series about 4 years ago over Spring Break. I read all 3 books in one week and loved them so much that I re-read them again before returning to school the following week. I don’t know what it was about this series, but it, probably coupled with the confidence boost that came with starting crossfit, made me want to fight for something. I actually talked to our school officer about joining the police force. I wanted to be a Tris meets Katniss meets Kate Beckett from Castle… I quickly realized that I don’t have to wear heels and carry a handgun to fight for something in this world… But I still want to learn how to do one of those cool, spinning karate kicks in a pair of stilettos…

One a side note, I think it’s important that you all know that when I went to type in karate, my hands naturally started typing karaoke… I just love karaoke THAT much.

Back to the point. When I read the Divergent Series [and The Hunger Games, for that matter] I was inspired. I was empowered. I felt like I was being trained up for battle and I took it to heart. Today, when I read Proverbs Chapter 4, I felt the same way! You know that moment that Katniss is down underneath the arena with her costume designer and you can feel the fear and intensity of the reality sinking in that she’s about to go into the arena? When I read Proverbs 4, I felt like I was standing with my mentor right before going to battle or to war against something bad, listening to his last bit of advice to take to heart before stepping out into the unknown.

Reality actually isn’t too far from a war zone. All around us, good and evil are fighting against one another. Solomon gives the urge to all who will accept it to seek wisdom at all costs, whatever you do [4:7] and that wisdom [once again personified as a BOMB-DIGGITY woman!] will protect you [4:6]. He says that by doing so, you will be given a crown just like the Kings who have won great battles [4:9].

As a teacher, when I give students instruction or information that is VERY important, I repeat it. We only take the time to repeat what is important, perogatory or paramount. If the info I was giving could save a life, you sure bet I’d repeat it over and over. Solomon does just that in chapter 4. He starts the whole thing with “Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction. Pay attention and gain understanding.” [4:1] then later says “Listen, my son, accept what I say” [4:10] and farther down says “My son, pay attention to what I say” [4:20]. He CLEARLY is telling us that this advice to seek wisdom AT ALL COSTS is equal to survival in the raging war around us! He even goes so far as to say that he gives us this advice like a father would give to his sons–a father wants nothing but good fortune and longevity for his children–so this advice is HUGE. Follow it.

Here I am in the waiting space beneath the Hunger Games Arena. Outside, I hear a muffled sound… The roar of a crowd and I know what that means… The countdown is on. The Hunger Games are beginning. I’m divergent from the ways of this world. They hate divergents! How do I survive out there? I turn to my mentor, my God. He grabs my arms and in the last few seconds prepares me for battle…

“Keep your words clean and free of corrupt talk. [4:24]. Keep your eyes straight ahead on the prize before you. Don’t be distracted by temptation and sin. [4:25] Seek wisdom, no matter what it costs you. [4:7] Don’t step off your path, whether to the right or the left. Be steadfast in your fight. Persevere. [4:26-27] And…

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” –Proverbs 4:23

3… 2… 1…

Are you ready?

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