Everyone wants a practical guide to their area of interest or concern. In November 1991, the first title, DOS For Dummies, was written by Dan Gookin and published by IDG Books. DOS For Dummies became popular due to the rarity of beginner-friendly materials for using DOS. The Windows title written by Andy Rathbone was soon released. While initially the series focused on software and technology topics (and still does), it later branched out to more general-interest titles, with topics as diverse as Acne For Dummies, Chess For Dummies, Fishing For Dummies and many other topics. With more than 200 million books in print and more than 2,700 titles, For Dummies brings together a bevy of authors from different backgrounds.
It seems people need practical "beginner-friendly materials" for every walk of life. Proverbs is that "beginner-friendly" book of the Bible from our Lord through the very wise King Solomon. Why was he so wise? I Kings 3:9 records his prayer to God: "Please make me wise and teach me the difference between right and wrong. Then I will know how to rule your people. If you don’t, there is no way I could rule this great nation of yours."
God granted his request and we have the book of Proverbs to give us a practical guide to life.
Two things you need to know about wisdom. 1) You have to ask God for it. "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." 2) You have to know God's Word: "For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding." His Word must be read and studied. Proverbs is wisdom for dummies!
As we go through this sermon series, consider God's wisdom and apply it to your life. I believe you'll see a difference in your life and in your decision making process.