THE SOURCE OF WISDOM
Know: Accepting God’s Wisdom leads to life, while rejecting it leads to calamity.
Think: Have the mindset that learning and applying God’s wisdom is the path to godliness and success.
Do: Seek out and apply the wisdom found in God’s Word.
READ: LISTEN TO GOD
Read Proverbs 1:1-33. Wisdom prizes good influences and relationships. It deals with what we “take in” as well as what we “put out.” Wisdom involves looking at the hard reality of this world and recognizing that it is not ours to define or determine. The path of wisdom begins with recognizing this truth.
PRAY: TALK TO GOD
Accept and live according to God’s wisdom. Pray that you and your family will not only read God’s Word but apply it to your lives. Pray that God will show you the areas of your lives that need change.
DO: WALK WITH GOD
OPTION 1: God blessed Solomon with great wisdom and Solomon shared that wisdom with us through the book of Proverbs. God’s wisdom is available to everyone, we just have to seek it out. Explain to your child that by reading the Bible, he will gain Godly wisdom. He can use that wisdom to avoid temptation and live a disciplined life. Encourage your child to have a daily devotional time. Talk with him about how there is a chapter in Proverbs for every day of the month. This is a great book of the Bible to read when you are beginning to spend daily time in the Word.
OPTION 2: Consider the popular saying: I believe everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is that you acted like an idiot. How does your family understand this? How often does something “just happen” to people who act unwisely? Consider also the quote attributed (perhaps incorrectly) to John Wayne: Life is hard; it’s even harder when you’re stupid.
Today your child learned how an angel visited both Mary and Joseph to tell them about the very special baby that Mary would give birth to. He was to be named Jesus. Jesus Is God’s Son.
Today your student learned God appeared to Solomon in a dream and offered him whatever he wanted. Solomon asked God for wisdom. God not only blessed Solomon with incredible wisdom, but also wealth and power. Solomon knew God was the source of his wisdom and everything else he had. Students were encouraged to turn to God for wisdom.
Teens studied today about the source of wisdom. God has provided for anyone to gain a wise outlook on life. James 1:5 taught that believers can ask God for wisdom and He will gladly give it. Wisdom begins with fearing the Lord, giving Him reverence and respect. You grow in wisdom as you spend time with God and His Word. Recognizing simple (ignorant) people in a different category from the mockers and the fools (who reject God’s wisdom) can give your teen discernment about choosing friends. Pray with your teen about the importance of walking with the wise (Proverbs 13:20).