J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote that “short cuts make long delays.” That’s an incredible principle for the Christian life. There are no shortcuts to maturity. The Book of Proverbs teaches us that maturity comes through life-long discipleship in wisdom.
Proverbs is an earthly book; it brings us to day to day struggles: from the ivory towers to diaper changing to the sweat of our brows. Proverbs is a shocking, adventurous journey into exploring our own natures and realizing that we are ever in need of maturing into kingly wisdom. As we prepare for worship this morning, consider that God has spoken, and He is not silent. Consider that living in wisdom is not an easy path, but it is the righteous path. Let us prepare our hearts and consider the ways of the Lord.