Proverbs for Graduates

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This generation has more access to more data about the universe and human personality than all previous generations combined. High School Graduates have been exposed to more information about the world than Plato, Aristotle, Spinoza or Benjamin Franklin. With all of our knowledge, society today is peopled with a bumper crop of brilliant failures. Knowledge is not enough to meet life’s problems. We need wisdom, the ability to handle life with skill.*

Graduation time is a good time to reflect on the things that help build a great life. (There are too many examples of those who crash and burn – we need some wisdom for building a strong faith.)

Here’s one person’s list of the qualities of a great life:

*Self-Control

*Knowledge of how to understand sayings with deep meanings

*Doing what is right, honest and fair

*Gain knowledge and good sense

The one who composed such a list is a man who was given wisdom from God – Solomon. The theme of the Proverbs is wisdom… getting it, using it (1:2-5). Proverbs are sayings that are generally true. There may be exceptions, but not normally. Many of the proverbs relate to young people.

Wisdom isn’t always natural to us. We tend to choose unwise paths. (Proverbs 4:1-4).

Notice Three Wise Ways From Proverbs 4:

1. ALWAYS SEEK GODLY WISDOM (4:5-13). No matter the cost (7). It doesn’t take any effort to drift downstream. Pursue godly wisdom! Three results of seeking wisdom in your life: (1) Wisdom exalts and honors (8-9), (2) Wisdom brings a Longer Life (10), Wisdom leads to a less troublesome life (11-13).

2. PAY ATTENTION TO THE WARNINGS (4:14-22). Stay away from Wicked Pathways (Proverbs 4:14-15; Psalm 1). The Plight of the Wicked is not a pretty picture. Their life is consumed with hurting others (Proverbs 4:16). They are violent (4:17). They walk in the way of darkness (4:19).

We especially need to pay attention to the warnings and avoid the Path to sexual sin. We do this by finding a mate and keeping him/her (Proverbs 5:17-19 “…may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer— may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.”). Proverbs 7 describes the youth who lacks judgment in this regard (7:6-10):

*Walking toward temptation (8 )

*Walking toward darkness (9)

*Followed the seduction (10 )

*Sexual sin is a highway to Hell (7:22-27)

There is no question that the way of wisdom is much better. It is a pathway that grows brighter as it goes (Proverbs 4:18 ) and brings about better health (Proverbs 4:20-22).

3. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING (4:23-27): Guard your heart. This is to be done above all else. The heart is the wellspring of life. We guard our hearts by guarding our…

*Lips (4:24).

*Eyes (4:25)

*Steps (4:26)

*Direction (4:27)

Don’t wait until a later time in life to try to pursue wisdom. You will go down many a poor path between now and then. Decide today to let your life be led by wisdom. The life you really want is to be found there. Remember to fill your mind with Scripture and surround yourself with Godly men and women who will also join you on your path.

A Parent’s Prayer: Proverbs 22:5-7 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them. Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

*Hadden Robinson, from the foreword to Robert L. Alden’s Proverbs: A Commentary on An Ancient Book of Timeless Advice.

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