Proverbs 30: 2-3,
“Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man. I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.”
There’s so much to learn from this chapter and I found it difficult to focus on just one key element to talk about today. I find that God continues to bring me back to the thoughts of these verses and I’d like to share what I’ve learned about them.
In my study, I learned that Agur is the author of this particular passage and from what I’ve learned from others, is that he was a collector of wise sayings. Some believe this is why he says I have not learned wisdom myself in verse 3. And so this lends us to believe that he was a reader of wise sayings and a collector of those things he found worthy. Much like you and me, as we read those things in scripture that are not of our wisdom; but that of others who have lived before us. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have written the book of wisdom we call our Bibles. As we apply this wisdom to our lives we often claim hold to it as our wisdom, but in reality, it is God’s wisdom dwelling in us!
Agur makes it clear that he knows the wickedness of his own heart and confesses that he acknowledges the sin that lies within. Do we know our hearts or are we blinded by what society says when they teach us to not be so introspective? It is good for us to identify those things within us that cause us to sin against our LORD. If we are aware, we strive harder to keep righteous living our goal. This is not a call to be defeated; this is a call to be proactive! Christ overcame the penalty of sin by providing us with life eternal and through him we have overcome because he lives in us (see 1 John 4:3-5). Without Christ, we are nothing, we have nothing and we know nothing. Let us remember that though Him we have life.
Prayer: LORD thy word is pure and we love abiding and learning from it. Teach us your precepts. Guide us in your everlasting righteousness. Draw our hearts to your law for it is truth. Even when trouble and anguish take hold of us, your commandments are our delight. Your testimonies are everlasting; give us understanding and we shall live. When we cry out to you with our heart; you hear us. Our hope is in your word. We meditate on your word for our nourishment for righteous living. You are faithful to hear us and your loving-kindness is abundant. LORD, you are near to those that draw near to thee and you have established your Word forever. Thank you that we can come to your Word and learn your wisdom in all matters of life. We praise you this day, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Connie Renfro ©