Wisdom and Righteousness, 1

Proverbs 3:1-12

Solomon said, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” (Prov. 3:5). Solomon got to the heart of the Christian life in this passage. Christians are to trust God’s word in all circumstances. This unit will focus on the wisdom that comes from faith in the Bible against the wisdom that comes from the world.


Circumstances (Prov. 3:1-6). There are good and bad circumstance in this life. One ought not think that God is punishing him with bad circumstances (Prov. 3:11-12). The Christian realizes that God brings all circumstances about, and gives the wisdom to persevere.

            God’s word says to seek this wisdom from above. Solomon said, “lean not on your own understanding.” This is the Bible’s wisdom. God is true, and one may trust his word.


Faith in God(Prov. 3:7-8). The Christian does not seek faith by understanding. Christians seek understanding by faith (fides quaerens intellectum). Raw data without interpretation is useless. The Bible is the trustworthy interpreter of this world. God’s word breaks into this world and lets man see clearly through His eyes.

Solomon said, “Be not wise in thine own eyes. Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.” (Prov. 3:7). The “eyes” are a figurative way to describe an evaluation of reality. Instead of believing simple human ideas, all things must be come into the light of the Scripture.


The Wages of Sin(Prov. 3:9-12). The Christian life is not an exchange of morality for prosperity, but there are wages, or results, to sin. This must not be confused with the circumstances of life. Trials happen to both the Christian and the pagan. The difference is that the Christian has a living hope in the living God. Solomon said, “For The LORD reproves him whom He loves.” (Prov. 3:12) Trial is not God’s punishment, but an opportunity to grow in grace.

–Benjamin C. Rochester