Walk With The Wise

Become wise by walking with the wise;
 hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.
Disaster entraps sinners,
 but God-loyal people get a good life (Proverbs 13:20-21 MSG).

Solomon has much to say about wisdom. These two verses show the benefit of making wise choices. The righteous or God-loyal people will be blessed. Jesus embodies wisdom and modeled it for mankind—take on Jesus as your mentor.

Walk with the wise

The term “walk with the wise” could also be termed “be mentored.” Teaching those with promise or the young assures a legacy (of some kind). Whether it’s schooling an apprentice or showing the ropes to an assistant – you will be blessed. Look to find someone to whom you can pass a legacy of a righteous life.

Blessings Follow

One Bible commentator * states the righteous:

  • Will be repaid for all the good they have done
  • All the ill they suffered, though not restored quickly, will be restored

Observe a mentor carefully and decide to take on all that person offers. Choose a person dedicated to God. Scripture tells us the benefits of good teaching/wisdom will be a good life and blessing. The righteous or God-loyal people will be blessed. Jesus embodies wisdom and modeled it for mankind—take on Jesus as your mentor.

Prayer: Father, show me who I can mentor, maybe as you did on the road to Emmaus.

* Commentary by Matthew Henry, Proverbs 13:20-21, biblehub.com.</P.

Fear of the Lord

In Your Bible: Proverbs 9: 9-11

The wording “Fear of the Lord” (also seen in Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 10:27), is mentioned 104 times in the Old Testament but only 5 times in New Testament! Jesus is the difference—he shows us how to follow what God wants for us. Yes, Solomon said, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

Biblical Fear

Even before our salvation experience, the fear of the Lord (Respect, Honor, Devotion, Obedience, Amazement) at what God does may be revealed to us! Solomon’s God inspired statements on Wisdom refers to Christ Jesus:

Give instruction to a wise man and he will become even wiser;
Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning. 
The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and the preeminent part of wisdom [its starting point and its essence],
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding and spiritual insight.
For by me (wisdom from God) your days will be multiplied,
And years of life shall be increased (Proverbs 9:9-11 AMP).

Revere God

The classical definition of fear of the Lord is reverential awe. * To me this means giving God proper place in my life, actually yielding my will to his, and living to please Him rather than myself.

Therefore, love the things God loves and hate the things God hates. We have developed a high tolerance for evil. But, Jesus came to show how much God loves man. Believe it. Solomon said, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Prayer: Father, I do believe you love me. Selah.

* Sermon Notes by Chuck Smith, blueletterbible.com

Wisdom Calls Out

In Your Bible: Proverbs 8

In Chapter 8 Solomon presents a powerful and thought provoking theme which seems difficult to understand. The pronouns “I” or “me” (used 25 times in this chapter alone) reveal that Wisdom is Jesus Christ calling to mankind. Believers must search for, find, and follow Jesus for true abundant living.

I, Wisdom

Jesus, through Solomon, pleads for his reader to choose his instruction, the only right choice for man! The world shows us to go after wealth and success. We need God’s instruction, aka Wisdom/Jesus, to make the best choices in life.

Choose my instruction rather than silver,
    and knowledge rather than pure gold.
For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies.
    Nothing you desire can compare with it.

I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment.
    I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.
All who fear the Lord will hate evil.
    Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance,
    corruption and perverse speech.
Common sense and success belong to me.
    Insight and strength are min (Proverbs 8:10-14 NLT).

Find Me

God declares through Solomon how our relationship with the ruler of the universe is to be. It’s made specific in verse 17 –  I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me. To me this says, God wants all of mankind to know and love him, for he offers us everything!

Because of me, kings reign,
    and rulers make just decrees.
Rulers lead with my help,
    and nobles make righteous judgements.

17 I love all who love me.
    Those who search will surely find me.
I have riches and honor,
as well as enduring wealth and justice.
My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold,
    my wages better than sterling silver!
I walk in righteousness,
    in paths of justice.
Those who love me inherit wealth.
    I will fill their treasuries (Proverbs 8: 15-21 NLT).

Here the personification of wisdom, the parallels and analogies made to Jesus are powerful. * Now, praise the Father for his provision, Jesus Christ. Believers must search for, find, and follow Jesus for true abundant living.

Prayer: Father, I believe in and trust you. Help me understand yur instructions throughout the Bible. I answer your call. Selah.

* Chuck Smith, Proverbs 8, Blueletterbible.com.

Like Father – Like Son

In Your Bible: Proverbs 6:20-23; Psalms119:105-109.

The teaching of Solomon and his father, David, give strong, and wise advice on how to prepare for life. The similarities of these two passages in Proverbs 6 and Psalms 119 are inescapable. Pay attention to wise counsel and live God’s way.

Family Instruction

In Proverbs 6, Solomon affirms the need to pay heed to your parents’ godly instruction. To the extent or example of binding them on your heart. This instruction leads to knowing what proper behavior is.

My son, obey your father’s commands,
and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
Keep their words always in your heart.
Tie them around your neck.
When you walk,
their counsel will lead you.
When you sleep, they will protect you.
When you wake up, they will advise you.
For their command is a lamp
and their instruction a light;
their corrective discipline
is the way to life (Proverbs 6:20-23 NLT).

We see the importance parents have to give advice and instructions properly. Children need to honor their parents. Therefore, by not following the instruction it’s understood that discipline will follow.

God’s Instruction

Also, notice similar wording in Psalm 119:105-109. David praises God for His Law, ordinances, and precepts that guide him.

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
and a light for my path.
I’ve promised it once,
and I’ll promise it again:
I will obey your righteous regulations.
I have suffered much, O Lord;
restore my life again as you promised.
Lord, accept my offering of praise,
and teach me your regulations.
My life constantly hangs in the balance,
but I will not stop obeying your instructions
(Psalm 119:105-109 NLT).

As we read the words (in Proverbs 6) by Solomon, we can hear what his father David says (in Psalm 119). People must heed instruction and live uprightly. Pay attention to wise counsel and live God’s way.

Prayer: Father, how awesome is your Word, your counsel and your Love. I embrace all you have for me. Selah.