Following the suggestion of a pastor that his church take the next 31 days and focus on seeking God’s wisdom, I, along with other department leaders here at the Aroma are reading a chapter of Proverbs each day and sharing with each other what sticks out to us. I decided to share my gleanings here.
Proverbs 箴言 1:20-21
Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
on top of the wall[d] she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
20 智 慧 在 街 市 上 呼 喊 ， 在 寬 闊 處 發 聲 ，
21 在 熱 鬧 街 頭 喊 叫 ， 在 城 門 口 ， 在 城 中 發 出 言 語 。。。
在我教會這兩個禮拜講道者強調的主題是 讀聖經，怎麼讀聖經呢？他教大家如何用 歸納法 來讀聖經。歸納法有三個腳步：觀察（看看看！），釋義（為什麼為什麼為什麼？），應用（做做做）
The speaker at church these last two weeks has been teaching on how to study the Bible. How do you study the Bible? He taught on the deductive method of Bible study. The deductive method has three basic steps: observation (look, look, look!), interpretation (why, why, why?), and application (do, do, do!).
Basically anyone can study the Bible. First, just read it, and observe things like places, names, mood, events. Then ask the question “Why?”; why did such and such happen in such and such place, why did so and so say such and such words – these types of questions. Finally, consider how you can live out what you studied in your own life. Application is the goal of all Bible study.
So when I read verses 20-21 of Proverbs chapter 1, I observed that wisdom is like a person, standing outside, trying to get people’s attention. I asked why would wisdom need to do this, stand outside in the public square to make a speech? And then I decided that if this is what wisdom is doing, I need to listen.
This sounds so simple; but for me, this is my first step in seeking God’s wisdom. Listen.