The 'BARKING OWL' always has something to say, and like the feathered version, can be either WISE...............or ANNOYING!

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Proverbs 31 Project: Commenting January 2nd on Proverbs 2:1-3

January 2; Proverbs Chapter 2:1-3

Christians looking for a simple way to review the Bible regularly have long been convenienced by the fact that the book of Proverbs has 31 chapters.  Each chapter includes multiple bite-sized verses (uhm, proverbs) and can be read through simply in one sitting, one appropriately numbered chapter per day through a month.  My simple mind balks at the idea of trying this pattern in any month with less than 31 days  (It just does, all right?), but there are 7 months every year that are suitable for the effort.

My idea here is to share about 1/7 of the verses of each day's chapter on my blog throughout this year, every time a 31 day month pops up, along with a few comments from The Barking Owl.  So in January, we will get through the first few verses of every chapter and then in March, the next group, so that by the time December comes around we can finally get to the last set of verses in each chapter and complete the book's reading.  If you  are smarter than I am, you will read the whole chapter related to each day, every 31 day month, and then you will have read the whole book 7 times this year!  By then you are guaranteed to be wiser than Solomon AND The Barking Owl together!

January 2; Proverbs 2:1-3

1 My son, if you accept my words 
   and store up my commands within you, 
2 turning your ear to wisdom 
   and applying your heart to understanding— 
3 indeed, if you call out for insight 
   and cry aloud for understanding, 

In three verses, I see 6 vital action words!  Each one is an option.  These are given in this if/then statement as the positive choices that we must make if we are going to....well, I don't know what.  We won't get to the 'then' part of the statement until March 2nd!  See why I suggested you read the whole chapter each day?

But we must not only hear (James tells us to "be doers, not hearers only"), the words of wisdom, whether given by our fathers, mothers, teachers, preachers, bosses, or God Himself; but we must 

*store up
*turn toward
*call out for
and again for emphasis
*cry aloud for

in order to fully appropriate the real life benefits available! 

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