The Proverb That Makes Me (almost) LOL

Thursday, August 09, 2012 Posted by Debbie Legg

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I’ve mentioned here before that I listen to the One Year Daily Audio Bible podcast.  Besides offering the Bible in several other languages and a NT version for kids, DAB also offers the Daily Audio Proverb.  Five minutes a day is all it takes to listen to a chapter of Proverbs, and one month will get you through the whole book.  That translates into hearing the whole of Proverbs twelve times in a year. 

That’s some serious wisdom, folks.  King Solomon, the wisest man ever, wrote the first 29 chapters.  Chapter 31 is from King Lemuel (and his mother), and Chapter 30 was written by a man named Agur.

As sober and thought-provoking as the Proverbs are, Agur gives me a chuckle every time.   In fact, I’m looking forward to meeting this guy in Heaven and telling him as much. 

Why?  This:

I am too stupid to be human, and I lack common sense. I have not mastered human wisdom, nor do I know the Holy One. (Proverbs 30:2,3 NLT)

I imagine that Ag’s being humble here, or else just plain old exaggerating.  Nonetheless, I completely identify with the sentiment. 

Many are the days I feel too stupid to be human.  Many are the days I can think of other people who are too stupid to be human.  Common sense?  Not as common as it needs to be.  Like Agur, I have also neither mastered human wisdom, nor the ‘foolish to man” wisdom of God.

But I’m learning.  I'm searching.  I’m slowly acquiring wisdom and knowledge.  It’s taking longer than I’d like, but even at turtle-pace it is happening. 

Agur proved it can be done.  Verses 4-33 contain some pretty wise insights and observations.

If there’s hope of spiritual growth for Agur and me, I’m sure all of you who are wiser than us can learn a thing or two as well, even in five minutes a day.

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