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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – May 21, 2020

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – May 21, 2020

Wisdom Literature

By Jodie Montgomery


The Old Testament Wisdom Literature (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon) is very different from the historical and prophetic books. Wisdom literature helps the reader get inside the author’s thought life. Biblical wisdom literature helps the reader get a glimpse into the character of God and the thoughts of His people in a way that narrative and forth-telling do not. Wisdom literature reveals our inner turmoil in walking by faith and God’s presence every step of the way.

Wisdom literature evokes our emotions. Job cries out to God and anyone that would listen as he suffers horrific hardship. The Psalmist expresses every emotion possible to man through pleas for understanding, guidance, vengeance and through praise of God’s merciful provision. Proverbs depicts the urgency felt by its authors as they long to keep the potentially foolhardy child from destruction. Ecclesiastes recants the musings of someone that has explored creation only to discover that they do not have control over anything, all is vapor in the hand, but God is the reality of life. Song of Solomon encourages and cautions the reader about the all-consuming nature of caring for another.  Without the Bible’s wisdom literature, we would wonder if God really knew His children. With it, we know He does.

Our pastors are covering Proverbs in the online morning devotionals. This is a difficult task. Each chapter is packed full of needed truth and potential lessons. For a culture that includes many fatherless people, the voice of the Father through Proverbs is life itself. The teachings and learning how to live in representing a Good Father are essential for discovering the joy in being His child. Proverbs reveals God longs for His children to beware of foolishness and to know wisdom.

As we continue to shelter at home, our local shepherds are encouraging us to continue with wisdom as a companion. They are praying for peace, even joy in our homes. Like the Good Shepherd, they long for the sheep to overcome fears and to walk safely in His care. Some read a Proverb a day. I find I get lost sometimes in so many short sayings. I just keep going back to the wisdom writings and the way they remind me that my Good Father knows me well and continues with me.

Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad.