30 Days in the Proverbs (is available as a PDF and hard copy if requested) provides 30 topical readings from the book of Proverbs, as well as one additional devotional for a day of reflection. Each day's selection of readings also includes questions and suggestions for daily reflection, devotion, and application. A great tool for family worship, a gift for a family member or friend, or for use in a ministry. This product is a printed booklet. All who purchase this will also get free mp3 downloads of 10 Proverbs songs, see the details here.
Preface - Proverbs is not a book like Ephesians or the Gospel of John. It is collection, like recipe box, or a rolodex of ancient, wise counsel. For many readers a chapter of Proverbs seems like a kaleidoscope of random ideas. I have often read the “Proverb of the Day” (e.g., Sept. 2, read Proverbs 2). Despite the fact that the 31 Proverbs correspond nicely to the days of the month, too many disparate proverbs come within a single chapter for me to memorably hold on to it. Arranging them topically provides an easier access for meditation and devotional purposes. These readings from Proverbs show the angles and dimensions of a theme like a diamond ring held up to the light. We can see lines and colors refracted on each topic.
Sample Introductory Material - How do the Proverbs relate to Christ? How are they fulfilled in Christ? Certainly Christ was wise and acted wisely, but there is more to Christ’s fulfilling than simple moral obedience. There is a deeper structural meaning to Proverbs. It moves from a son to a wife. The basic themes start with the “wise son” and then end with a glorious, beautiful, and virtuous wife. This is certainly Israel’s story. Israel as Yahweh’s son in one sense, is to become, in another sense, Yahweh’s Bride. That is not only the story of Israel, this is the story of Jesus. After the dismal failure of Israel, in the fullness of time, Jesus (true Israel) came as the wise Son who grew in that wisdom, spoke wisely, and sacrificed fully so that He could gain a Bride. The contour of Proverbs is the shape of Jesus and His Church.
Sample Day of Readings
Day Eleven: Planning
Proverbs 14:15 - The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.
Proverbs 15:22 - Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.
Proverbs 16:1 - The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
Proverbs 16:3 - Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.
*Proverbs 16:9 - The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.
Proverbs 16:33 - The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.
Proverbs 19:21 - Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
Proverbs 20:5 - The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Proverbs 20:18 - Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war.
Proverbs 20:24 - Man’s steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way?
Proverbs 21:5 - The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
Proverbs 24:8 - Whoever plans to do evil will be called a schemer.
What lessons do these verses suggest about our “steps,” plans, and ambitions? List three verses that speak to your life situation now. What actions could you take this week to respond faithfully to these truths?