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READ Proverbs 20 (listen). WRITE out one verse and SHARE with someone.

Proverbs 20 is part of the proverbs of Solomon (Proverbs 10-22). These proverbs are typically two coupled thoughts, giving instruction on how to live out wisdom in all of life. Proverbs 20 includes themes geared toward someone preparing for civil service, such as discernment, character and work ethic.


The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7

Read: 1 Kings 3:4-14

Listen:  1 Kings 3


God comes to Solomon when he was a young king and asks him what he wants. Solomon asks for wisdom over all the possible other requests. Knowing the significance and value of wisdom, Solomon tells us to “get after it” to go after wisdom, even if it costs a great deal (Proverbs 4:7).

The proverbs talk about things like relationships, finances, work and morals. Solomon knew there is always room to move forward in the way of the wise in these areas and says to pursue it.

One verse in The Wisdom Challenge reading today says, “Plans are established by seeking advice” (Proverbs 20:18). We will be better friends, parents, spouses, co-workers, bosses and teammates when we seek out advice on how to be better.

Often, it can be as simple as surveying the people around us who seem to be thriving in an area we want to improve and saying, “Can I ask your advice?” Watch this video clip as Pastor Jeff Manion tells us we can’t sit around waiting for advice to come to us. We have to get after it—to seek it out. It is our job to recruit advisors for our life. If we want to be on the way of the wise, we need to seek out a guide who is a few steps ahead of us.


Consider where you need to get after wisdom. Honestly assess whether you are seeking it out. Take inventory of your life and pick an area to go after. Determine if there is someone you know who seems to have figured that out and say, “Can I ask your advice?” Ada Bible values wisdom and offers mentors and coaches in different areas, including spiritual growth, marriage, finances and grief. If you are interested in talking with someone, please email us at btw@adabible.org.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.