That people may know skillful and godly Wisdom and instruction, discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight.
Proverbs help you connect the dots.
I get reasonably frustrated when men tell me that they dislike reading. Many publishers have told me they’ve all but given up trying to sell books to men. It’s a sore spot for me because it is dismissive of men. That attitude feeds the idea that men are weak-minded.
As a young man, I struggled with reading, and my poor education didn’t help much. My problem was comprehension — the ability to understand and perceive. I knew my life would be tough if I didn’t start living with wisdom.
My sister was dating a guy that seemed pretty intelligent. His life experience was very different from mine. He had a private school education; he was regularly exposed to executives in business relationships with his father and was an avid reader. In conversation, he mentioned the name of motivational guru Zig Zigler.
I immediately went to a bookstore and purchased a copy of Mr. Zigler’s book, See You At The Top. I pulled my truck near a city park overlooking a small lake and pulled out that book to read it cover to cover. It was the first book that I had ever read. It changed everything.
In that book, Mr. Zigler recommended reading Proverbs daily and promised that the reader would gain wisdom, insight, understanding, and comprehension. I was amazed. I didn’t know that the Bible had such promises. When I returned to my apartment, I pulled out the Bible my grandmother had given me and opened it up to the index to find Proverbs.
That changed everything.
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