Wisdom & Stupidity

Vintage illustration of the Virtuous Woman of Proverbs 31
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When we lived in Germany, a soldier put a stocking cap over his face and robbed a bank. But he was immediately apprehended because he was wearing his uniform with its name tag clearly visible.

As Voltaire said, “Common sense is not so common."

I’m glad when criminals lack common sense, but I hate it when I do something foolish that impacts a relationship or life goal. 

That’s one reason God gave us the Book of Proverbs-- general principles for doing what's right and avoiding sin and foolishness.

And Proverbs is even divided in a wise way: it has 31 chapters which means we can read one chapter each day and go through the entire book every month.

Why not start the habit of “a proverb a day”?
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PROVERBS AREN'T PROMISES: We need to be careful not to apply the Proverbs as promises. They are general principles, not guarantees. God doesn't promise that the righteous will live long lives and the wicked die young (10:27); that the righteous will never go hungry (10:3); or that godly parents will never have wicked children (22:6). If you have more questions about the difference between a proverb and a promise, read "Parents Beware."

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1000 Gifts: I'm so grateful that God gives us wise words to live by.

Check out this week's post on parenting called "Teaching Your Child to Work and Wait."

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  1. This is a good post!! I love the book of Proverbs and also you point about how it is not a book of promises.

  2. Gail...I agree with you on the Book of Proverbs and we have used it often in lesson teaching here in our home. Great post!

  3. Gail great post and idea, thanks for sharing :)

  4. I like the point you made that Proverbs are not promises. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!


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