I must confess that I’ve been drifting behind a bit with my readings in the last week or so. I’ve also missed a fair few of D.A. Carson’s commentaries (sorry Don). I’m finding Proverbs non-linear style quite slow progress (I’m at about chapter 15), but I’ve caught up in my NT readings at least. If you’re behind in your readings, don’t give up! Take note of what you’ve missed and join in with the rest of us at a suitable point.
I’ve noticed that reading larger chunks at a time can also be beneficial for allowing you to follow the bigger picture, and the motives and priorities of the book (though Proverbs is not like that!)
To try and get a little extra benefit from Proverbs, why not do the following: every day, take note of one proverb which seems especially appropriate to your life at the moment and write it on a piece of paper. Keep it on your desk, or somewhere visible, and use it to remind yourself to pray for God’s help in that area today. You could share it with someone via a text message or email. I think this reflects the spirit of proverbs.
Meanwhile, I will refer myself to Proverbs 6:6
” Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.”