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Studies in the Book of Proverbs #9

(#9) God’s Wisdom is Beneficial, Universal, Calming 3:13-26

Verses 13-18: Wisdom is described as a woman with benefits, who appears to have only good things to bring to a person’s life. The contrast with the “immoral woman” (Proverbs 2:16-22) could not be greater, and should correct those who might think Solomon was against all women! An immoral woman can destroy a man, but Wisdom appearing as a woman can preserve a man. Wisdom makes a man “happy” (verse 13) because she is:

Profitable (verse 14) beyond possessing silver and gold. A wise life will make money to enjoy (Ecclesiastes 5:19), but a foolish one doesn’t know how to enjoy wealth (Ecclesiastes 6:2).

Precious (verse 15) beyond rubies, and nothing else is as desirable.

Prolongs life (verse 16) with her “right hand,” and the main rewards in life (“riches and honor”) in her “left hand.” This shows Wisdom has nothing in her hands but good.

Pleasant (verse 17) ways and paths of peace, instead of crooked ways and devious paths of the immoral woman. Could Wisdom be more appealing? Who does not look forward to a pleasant life, lived in peace?

Paradise (verse 18) is where the “tree of life” was when access was lost for all of us by Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:9; 3:22-24; Revelation 2:7). Wisdom will help us find the way back to that tree to live with God.

Verses 19-20: God’s Creation was designed with such wisdom, that all scientific discoveries are simply the uncovering of the Wisdom of God! The expression, “scientific discoveries” does not include “what is falsely called knowledge” (1 Timothy 6:20), such as Evolution, Global Warming, Global Cooling, ad nauseum. God imbedded “Wisdom” in Creating the earth, itself; God showed “understanding” in making “the heavens” so precisely; God used “knowledge” in Noah’s day when “all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened” (Genesis 7:11). The terms, “wisdom,” “understanding,” “knowledge,”  are not mutually exclusive, but complement each other.

Verses 21-26: The Wisdom of God inside a heart means there is NO FEAR in life! If we keep focused on sound Wisdom and discretion (good judgment), our life will be with grace (verses 21-22). Instead of blindly falling into sin(s), we can be more sure footed in our way (verse 23). Knowing that God’s Wisdom brings order to Creation, so His Wisdom brings order to our life (verses 24-26). Following God’s Wisdom is better than Benedryl, Lunesta or Ambien! Since the most-prescribed class of drugs in the United States is anti-depressants, God’s Wisdom is sorely needed! Jesus echoed this wise teaching about high anxiety in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:19-34).

 All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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On Boredom

Regarding boredom, I’ve can always find something profitable to do – even in a doctor’s waiting room. I always take a good Bible-related book written by one of the brethren, so that I’m constantly learning while I’m waiting.

As I grow older, I’m very aware that time is of the essence: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2006/01/08/making-wise-use-of-our-time/

As our Lord once stated:

“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4).

Here’s an article I wrote on being productive in a doctor’s waiting room:

http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2010/04/15/productive-use-of-waiting-room-time/

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Am I a square or round person? I’m a to…

Am I a square or round person? I’m a total square – don’t fit into any round hole. Guess that’s why I was never popular in school. When my fellow students were carousing and engaging in every kind of ungodly activity, I could be found in the library, or in the music studio playing music on the piano, or studying the Bible – something profitable.

When my fellow students were engaged in smoking cigarettes, I never could understand what was so exciting about allowing fire, smoke, tar, and nicotine to get into your nose, mouth, and lungs. Never could understand what was so exiting about getting drunk, and then having to undergo the consequences of that drunken state. Those kind of activities were never appealing to me.

Kids today, like kids in my day, allow their peers to dictate their thoughts and actions. My advice to kids today is – be a leader instead of a follower. Don’t listen to or follow the crowd (unless it’s to a restaurant!). Listen to the wisdom of your parents and grandparents. Read your Bible and do what’s right in God’s sight, then you’ll be right – be a square!

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