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.

Things God Hates – Part 4

In Your Bible: Proverbs 6:19

There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things he detests:

Haughty eyes,

A lying tongue,

Hands that kill the innocent,

A heart that plots evil,

Feet that race to do wrong,

A false witness who pours out lies,

A person who sows discord in a family

(Proverbs 6:16-19 NLT)

The last two things in this list (bold) of what the Lord Hates may seem to repeat previous ones, but they really don’t. Perhaps they are mentioned last because they are so important. All of these seven things God hates reveal Solomon understands the mind of God—how to act and speak.

False Witness

A false witness breaks the ninth of the Ten Commandments (see Exodus 20:16). Like a perjurer in a court setting, a false witness literally breathes out lies. * Lying in its more general sense has been already mentioned in Proverbs 6:17.

Discord

The derogatory effects caused by one who sows discord (among brethren or family) is the seventh of things God hates. Solomon emphasizes that disharmony is contrary to God’s design. God hates disturbance of peace in the family, village, town, or city. Ponder that.

All of these seven things God hates reveal Solomon understands the mind of God—how to act and speak.

Prayer: Father, I get it, help me live it daily.

* Commentary by John Gill, Proverbs 6:19, biblehub.com

Things the Lord Hates – Part 3

In Your Bible: Proverbs 6:18

Solomon’s words are sometimes straightforward and maybe even blunt. The problem is not with the speaker (Solomon) but us when we don’t understand what God is saying. It takes time to absorb this list of what God hates. Take all the time necessary. God is not playing games with man, but pointing out traps to avoid in life.

The Heart

The heart is the core of emotion, compassion and temperament. Likewise, it can be the home of plans fabricated by Satan. Evil thoughts originating in the heart are exactly what God hates. The Lord sees Satan’s schemes before we do!

We may read the key verse — A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil (Proverbs 6:18 NKJV) — and not understand that it’s part of the list of things God hates. God is not only a God of love, he’s the righteous judge of man’s actions, we are not.

The Feet

One Bible commentator and renowned teacher vividly shows how the heart blazes the trail that the feet will follow. * That’s how God sees man’s nature to commit all kinds of sin.

The apostle Paul tells believers this – put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.  Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming (Colossians 3:5,6 NLT).

Paul definitely has a lot to say about man’s sinful nature and our desire for ungodly things of life.  God is not playing games with man, but pointing out traps to avoid in life.

Prayer: Father, as I ponder this list, I see your guidance for me as your child. I need your help to keep on track and live a righteous life for you.

* J. Vernon McGee, Proverbs 6:16-23, biblehub.com.

Things the Lord Hates – Part 2

In Your Bible: Proverbs 6: 17, (NASB)

 

Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood

Solomon continues from haughty eyes to more things God hates and puts his finger on lying and shedding innocent blood. The Lord sees our thoughts as well as our intentions, hears our speech, and views our actions. There’s no hiding anything from Him. Thank you Lord for Your patience and grace as we desire to grow in You.

The Tongue

A lying tongue is speaking falsehood, knowingly and willingly. It is with an intent to deceive, to hurt the character of a neighbor, or even to flatter a friend. Ion in us. Yes, lying is detestable to God and must be as detestable to us. *

The Hands

Detestable are the hands that shed innocent blood or commit murder. Mosaic law (see Deuteronomy 19:8-10) described how to protect the innocent (the apparent murderer and the victim). The Lord knows the intentions of the heart (see Hebrews 4:12).

It’s a daily challenge to speak the truth in love and not to even utter a “white lie.” But we must avoid missing the mark with God. We must not lie. Until we are face-to-face with Jesus, we will continue to struggle with this issue. Thank You Lord for Your patience and grace as we desire to grow in you.

Prayer: Father, help me keep from missing the mark when I speak. I love your grace so freely given. I praise you for standing beside me all time. You are amazing indeed.

*John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible, Proverbs 6, biblehub.com.