What does it mean to fear God and be wise? Listen to the podcast, reflect on some questions, and go deeper into study on your own or with a group. If you're participating in our reading plan One Story that Leads to Jesus, this Reflections Bible Study lines up with week 22.
Once you've listened to the short podcast, take time to reflect on these questions.
What is one specific decision that impacts others that you are weighing right now?
Has Jesus faced a decision that impacted others in a similar way? How did he wisely love others with his choice?
With all this in mind, what could it look like to wisely love others with your decision?
If you would like to dive deeper, use these Scriptures and questions for personal study or small group discussion.
How did Tim’s message challenge or encourage you today?
The book of Proverbs helps us understand that our perspective is limited and that we must humbly look to God for wisdom. Proverbs calls this dependence “the fear of the Lord” and it’s where all wisdom starts. It’s from this humble posture that we can begin to learn from God and live in light of his wisdom. So what does God say is wise? Jesus shows us the way. He perfectly embodies God’s wisdom and summarizes what it means by calling us to love others as he loved us.
Review verse 3. Identify one piece of wisdom that you initially struggled to act on but learned to live out. How would you describe that process? Specifically, what was key in helping you break through to action?
Review verse 5 as you consider the relationship between listening and wisdom. What qualities and habits are needed to be a good listener? What are some obstacles to good listening? What would it take to overcome these obstacles?
Compare today’s passage with Adam and Eve’s relationship to God’s wise counsel (Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7). What do you notice? How can deceit obscure or redefine what is wise? How can the fear of the LORD overcome deceit?
Take some time to pray now. Celebrate God’s wisdom, admit any challenges revealed during your reflection time, and receive the encouragement and power of God’s Spirit to act on what you’ve learned today.