The book of Proverbs is quite obviously all about the importance of obtaining and exercising wisdom, as Solomon both doles it out and explains the power that discernment can have in and over one's life. What strikes me about the third chapter of the book is its pertinence to the times in which we live today.
Of course, the world has always been chaotic and the message could apply to any and all generations, but there's something about our current cultural and moral unraveling that makes the message particularly applicable.
The well-known lines in verses 5-6 read, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
While these words are simple, they carry with them monumental power. We live in a world in which media and entertainment are constantly — and instantaneously — sending us messages that, many times, counter the biblical narrative. It's easy to get swept up into the mess, thus replacing God's worldview with our own acquired and not-so-biblical perspective.
Leaning not on our own understanding is becoming more and more difficult in a confused world — one in which the culture is moving further away from a mainstream embrace of biblical values.
Then, there's verse 7, which reads, "Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil." It, again, points to the need to look to God for wisdom and answers rather than to the world.
And that's certainly not the end of the lessons embedded within, as verses 13-15 proclaim, "Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her."
Just some brief thoughts for you all.