Wisdom Marries Well
August 9, 2015 Speaker: Dr. David Silvernail Series: Wisdom for Life - A Series in the Book of Proverbs
This week we’re looking at the topic of marriage. Now I’m not going to be talking so much to the married people about “How to make your marriage work” as much as I will be talking to the unmarried people about “How to find a spouse you can live with for a long time!” Falling in love can be the start of a loving relationship, but lasting relationships don’t just happen; they grow. As I looked over all the Proverbs that deal with marriage (and there’s a lot), I was struck by how much they depend on the rest of the Proverbs. It’s only as you practice the other topics Proverbs has addressed – wisdom, kindness, discipline, truth, friendship – that you’re truly ready to pursue marriage.
We’re spending this summer in the Book of Proverbs, and we’re looking at how Proverbs gives us #WisdomforLife. This week we’ll look at Proverbs that address how wisdom is revealed by the process of choosing a spouse. We’ll be considering the topic, “Wisdom Marries Well” and yet, our key verse is not specifically about marriage, but is enormously important to marriage, and that’s Proverbs 20:5-6, “The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out. Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?”
And to make it even more important, Proverbs confronts us with the fact that this is a life-long issue. For most people, this is the first earthly decision they make that’s intended to last for the rest of their life on this earth! And so Proverbs has a lot to say about choosing a spouse — What should we look for? Whom should we stay away from? What should guide us in making this decision? How should we treat our future (or current) spouse? And How do we keep our spouse? These are a few of the questions we’ll be looking at this Sunday. Not accidentally, these are very similar questions to last week’s sermon on friendship. And we’ll see why that’s important this week as well. Hopefully, I’ll see you there, Dr. Dave