Proverbs from Proverbs

This year as I was reading through the Bible, I came across Proverbs again and began to have a thought. Solomon, the wisest person on earth wrote the book of Proverbs. His writings are truly wise for all of us to not only hear, but to seek to incorporate bites of wisdom into our lives. They are nuggets of truth that if only we were to apply them to our lives not only would we see changes in ourselves personally, but would begin to see a difference in the relationships that we hold dearly.

I have written over 460+ jlogs (Jim’s log) over the years have have decided to take some of Solomons wise sayings and highlight them to remind myself of God’s truth, and maybe inspire those who want to read my jlog to do the same. So here we go.

Understanding and wisdom is the center piece of Proverbs. One of the first passages that Solomon wrote focuses on this truth. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know Him, and He will make your paths straight. Don’t be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7.

All of us have our own perspective of life and from that perspective develop an understanding of life and the circumstances we are experiencing. This passage says to NOT rely on our own understanding, but to trust in the Lord with all your heart and to know Him and his ways. We as individuals don’t have wisdom in and of ourselves. God has the wisdom so we need to turn to Him for guidance and direction.

Trusting in the Lord with all your heart means that we need to turn to His word and begin to read it on a daily basis to gain wisdom and understanding or our present and future circumstances of life. It might be helpful to read Proverbs to get God’s perspective of wisdom as well as to begin to read the gospels in the New Testament to find out about Jesus who was sent to this earth to show us how to live.

On this journey, we don’t have the wisdom nor understanding to navigate life in our own wisdom, but we do have the Lord that can give direction for the steps we take if only we will turn to him.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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