The Proverbs guide us to a proper application of knowledge. If you have a lot of knowledge, but you don’t apply it the way God says it needs to be applied, then you end up playing the part of a fool. Knowledge without wisdom is a bounced check.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- Read Proverbs 3:1-18. Why do you think the Proverbs were written? What does it mean that the fear of the Lord the beginning of knowledge?
- What does it mean that many of the exhortations in Proverbs contain “general absolute” truths? How does this help you with your reading and understanding of Proverbs?
- How do you define “wisdom”? What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? How is Godly wisdom different than worldly wisdom? How is the world’s definition of foolishness different than Scripture’s definition of foolishness?
- Why is wisdom better to be pursued than riches? In your own life, do you seek after wisdom more than you seek after material gain or worldly pleasures?
- What do you think it would mean for you to “finish well” in your life? Regardless of how old you are, what can you be doing right now to work toward that?
- Spend some praying that the Lord would teach you to “lean not on your own understanding” and “in all your ways acknowledge Him.” Ask Him to give you wisdom (James 1:5) and to help you pursue Christ above all earthly treasures.