The thought that occurred to me when reading the first few verses of Proverbs 30 is that I think the writer actually does know God but is going through a period where he feels like he doesn’t know God. In human relationships sometimes a friend will take us by surprise and do something we totally didn’t expect e.g. move house, change jobs, quit uni and we are left with the feeling that we really didn’t know them at all. Sometimes I think a similar thing can happen in our relationship with God. We expect God to do something in particular and it doesn’t work out the way we thought it would and we are left feeling like we really don’t know God at all. V.4 in particular expresses this thought that the writer feels like he has no knowledge of God. It seems unlikely, to me anyway, that this is his usual state of mind.

I like the way he uses illustrations in the rest of the proverb particularly in the “three things … four things”. The examples of animals like ants, badgers, locusts, lizard are great word pictures that teach good values. I also like v.19 how do you explain why some people fall in love with each other? I also heard about a sermon someone preached about v.22 “a servant who becomes a king” and used it talk about how spiritual paupers like you and me become princes in Christ.

During this next week I’ll be looking at Psalm 33. I’ll post about it next Thursday