Proverbs Daily Devotionals
Mark Teyler, Pastor of Adults & Ministry Development
I think it’s quite amazing that we will one day meet in heaven all the saints recorded in the Bible. Some of these saints are well known, like David, Paul and Peter. And then there are those that dwell in relative obscurity.
There are many individuals mentioned in the Bible that we know very little about. Agur is one of those individuals. Agur is only mentioned in Proverbs 30. Agur was most likely a sage who was a student of wisdom at the time of Solomon. It’s remarkable that Solomon, the wisest man in the world, would include Agur’s sayings of wisdom in his book. Chapter 30 of Proverbs are the compiled sayings of this wise guy—Agur.
What made Agur a wise guy? What are the traits of a wise guy? How can we become a wise guy or a wise gal? Let’s consider three traits of a wise guy from the sayings of Agur as revealed in Proverbs 30.
A wise guy is humble.
“I am the most ignorant of men; I do not have a man’s understanding. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.” Proverbs 30:2-3
Take a moment and read that verse again, out loud. Can you actually say this about yourself?
If we think we are wise enough and don’t need any more wisdom, that’s pride. A wise guy is humble.
Agur didn’t see himself as wise, he saw himself in need of wisdom. Do we? If so, we are a wise guy, just like Agur.
A wise guy has a high view of Scripture.
“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” Proverbs 30:5-6
Agur saw God’s word as flawless and something that should not be added to. Do we? If so, we are a wise guy, just like Agur.
Take a moment and read that verse again, out loud. Do you believe what it says? Then you are growing in wisdom because a wise guy has a high view of Scripture.
A wise guy has a heart to stay holy.
Notice several of Agur’s sayings about the destructiveness of sin and the importance of staying holy.
“Keep falsehood and lies far from me.” Proverbs 30:8
“Do not slander a servant to his master, or he will curse you, and you will pay for it.” Proverbs 30:10
“The eye that mocks a father, that scorns obedience to a mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures.” Proverbs 30:17
“This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.” Proverbs 30:20
“If you have played the fool and exalted yourself, if you have planned evil, clap your hand over your mouth!” Proverbs 30:32
Agur had a heart to keep falsehood, slander, mocking, adultery and evil far from his life. Do we? If so, we are a wise guy, just like Agur.
One of the ways we keep sin from our lives is by confessing our sin to God for forgiveness. If you need to take a moment to do that, take the time, it shows you are growing in wisdom.
So let me ask you a question: Are you a wise guy? From Agur’s sayings we see three traits of a wise guy.
- A wise guy is humble
- A wise guy has a high view of scripture
- A wise guy has a heart to stay holy
I look forward to meeting Agur one day in heaven. I might need someone to point him out, as I don’t know what he looks like. Someone might just say, “He’s the wise guy just over there…”
A prayer for today:
“Lord, help me by your grace to be wise like Agur. Allow me to stay humble—always admitting to you my need for more wisdom. Help me to always hold a high view of scripture—realizing your word is flawless and not to be tampered with, and grant me a heart to deal honestly with sin and stay holy because you forgive and restore. In Jesus Name—Amen.”