The proverbs of Solomon, King David’s son, from Israel: 2 Their purpose is to teach wisdom and discipline, to help one understand wise sayings. 3 They provide insightful instruction, which is righteous, just, and full of integrity. 4 They make the naive mature, the young knowledgeable and discreet. 5 The wise hear them and grow in wisdom; those with understanding gain guidance. 6 They help one understand proverbs and difficult sayings, the words of the wise, and their puzzles. 7 Wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:1-7, CEB
We’re familiar with the “good” testimony. We’ve talked about this many times. It’s a narrative that goes like this: I was once lost, now I’m found, now I’m fine.
We don’t usually ask people to share “bad” testimonies in front of the church. It’s akin to saying that we can’t possibly see God in someone’s life if something good isn’t happening. Why do we do that? Are we afraid?
I’m using the beginning to Proverbs in a somewhat ironic way over the course of my days on the blog this month. They were written, apparently, by someone who didn’t put them to good use at the end of his life. This makes me wonder…is a life of faith really all about getting things right? If we get things “right” then won’t things go well for us?