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 fairly frustrated when men tell me that they do not like to read. Many publishers have told me that they’ve all but given up trying to sell books to men. It’s a sore spot for me because I think that it is dismissive to 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 that my life would be very difficult 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 who were in business relationships with his father, and he 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 books, 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, Zig recommended reading Proverbs each day, 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 that my grandmother had given me, opened it up to the index to find Proverbs.
That changed everything.