Mr. Proverbs

When I was a child, I loved to read a series of books called the “Mr. Men” books, written by British author Roger Hargreaves. Each book is about a different sort of person with a particular personality trait, ability, or penchants. For instance, the first book in the series is “Mr. Tickle,” who had extraordinarily long arms and went around sneakily tickling everyone. There wasn’t always a life-lesson involved, but it was fun to think about the different men in the series, which eventually included “Little Miss” female characters, and made for very interesting reading.

When I open my Bible to Proverbs, I see similar characters throughout. I see Mr. Foolish, who Proverbs 10:1 says is a heartache to his mother. I read about Mr. Slothful in Proverbs 24:30, and saw that he could not keep his vineyard together. Proverbs 21:9 tells me about Little Miss Brawler, whose husband moves to the roof to get away from her. But instead of these being fun stories, they are life lessons for me to grow and be encouraged with. I see myself sometimes, and sometimes I see other people in my life and what I should do about them.

I would like to take some time in the month of May to look at some of the characters you will meet in the book of Proverbs. I encourage you read through the book as we go along. Proverbs has 31 chapters. Did you know that if you read one book of Proverbs a day, you could read through the whole book in one month? If you decided to read the book of Proverbs through every month, and if you took just one verse out of that chapter to meditate on and implement, your life would definitely start to change. You would start looking a lot less like you and start looking like another familiar literary character: Jesus Christ.

Jesus wants to live in you in such a way that He starts to manifest Jesus’ perfect qualities found in Proverbs, and eradicate the imperfect qualities that sometimes can define us. He wants to live in you and conform you to His image (Romans 8:29). This can only happen if you are first born again. The change that we want cannot happen simply by reading, but by allowing ourselves to be changed from the inside out, the process known as “regeneration.” Ask Jesus to forgive your sins and save you, and He will start to change your life into one that is less like Mr. Foolish and Mr. Wicked, and into the perfect image of Christ, the only “Mr.” worth emulating.