So many people are wise in their own mind.
Proverbs 1:1-9 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David's son, king of Israel.
2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. 3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. 4 These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.
5 Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance 6 by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
8 My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don't neglect your mother's instruction. 9 What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.
The book of Proverbs opens with its own mission statement:
✔ To teach people wisdom and discipline,That should be great motivation to read this book on a regular basis. Everybody likes good advice on how to live, the bookstores are full of self-help books and there isn't any shortage of advice on how to help you to live better. If you want a self-help book, then Proverbs is the only book you are going to need.
✔ To help them understand the insights of the wise.
✔ To teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,
✔ To help them do what is right, just, and fair.
✔ To give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.
The starting place for wisdom is the fear of the Lord, there isn't any other source of truth, and everything else is just an imitation of the absolute truth that only comes from God.
Nobody wants to be foolish, we all want to believe that we are wise in the way we live and the choices that we make, but obviously from our personal history we can see that we can use some help to make better choices.
Isaiah 5:21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.Help me Lord to study your word everyday and help me to apply the wisdom found in your instructions.