Proverbs are the “Piths” (16)

Proverbs 11, like a lot of the proverbial chapters, covers a wide range of topics – it can seem scattered until you step set back and see the big picture it makes. Here are a few thoughts from this great chapter. You can click the link and then switch back and forth for the “commentary.”

Verse 1: Does God take our integrity seriously when it comes to business? No amount of skimming off of the top will ever change how low it will bring you spiritually!

Verse 4: There are always certain things that money can’t buy: love, true friends, peace…and a way of escape when the judgment comes!

Verse 7: Hopes in this world only float so high; as a matter of fact in the end they sink! Hope in God on the other hand will carry one all the way to Heaven.

Verse 11: A society is blessed when it has upright people who fill the census. Take away uprightness/righteous living from a society and you take away the underpinnings of its prosperity. Has anyone felt a national tremor lately???

Verse 13: How can you trust a person with your secret when they’re blabbing others’ to you? Maybe we should keep that in mind today at work!

Verse 17: This is one of my favorite verses in Proverbs because, although it’s a theme throughout the Bible, it’s one of those jewels that’s unique to the book. So why show mercy? Because it feels good? Or because it does good? Think of Matthew 5:7 and 6:14-15 before you answer!

Verse 18: The BBE says it like this: “The sinner gets the payment of deceit; but his reward is certain who puts in the seed of righteousness.” Earthly riches, especially those that are ill-gotten gain, are just an illusion. It’s the biggest economic bubble a person can have in their personal life…and we know what happens to all bubbles don’t we?

Verse 22: Solomon had a way with words didn’t he? One sure way to reveal the true beauty of a woman is to look at true behaviors! Pretty is as pretty does is an old reliable saying after all.

Verses 24-25: We get from the Lord as we give to the Lord. This principle is repeated/quoted/expounded upon by Paul in 2 Corinthians 9:6-11.

Verse 27: Ever heard the saying, “You’ll find what you’re looking for”? So had Solomon!

Verse 29: A husband (or father) who strives to be a man will strive to bless his own house. Notice the Bible doesn’t say “please his own house” but that it says bless with righteous behavior and leadership.

Verse 30: Reminds me of the song “A Soul Winner for Jesus.”

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“Proverbs Are The Piths” (15)

Proverbs 10 is where the “pithiness” begins due to the mouthful of wisdom served on spoon sized verses. For this chapter I’ll only comment on certain verses that stand out (at least to me) instead of commenting on whole passages like I have done previously for Proverbs 1-9.  Bon appetit!

Verse 1: Interesting due to the bluntness of the statement. Building up the self-esteem of a child is an essential task of a parent, but psychologists today get it all wrong if they say any sort of guilt is bad. Solomon flat-out tells his child if he listens to his father he will make him a better child and he will make his parents proud – ignore the advice and he’ll remain a child of constant sorrow to his mother!

Verse 2: The Bible in Basic English translates this verse, “Wealth which comes from sin is of no profit, but righteousness gives salvation from death.” Reminds me so very much of what Paul said in Romans 6:23.

Verse 5: There is a time to rest and a time to work – don’t confuse the two! If only this nation’s parents taught more children this principle many of the problems that our young people face would simply fix themselves. Busy hands have a harder time getting into trouble!!!

Verse 10: When I read verses like this it reminds of how much the characteristics of sneakiness in people has not changed since the days the Bible speaks of. The devious, destructive and deterring “wink of the eye” still remains one of the quickest markers of something when it’s not what it appears to be.

Verse 12: A wonderful verse! Not only do I think so, but so did Peter and James! Peter quotes the verse directly while you can’t help but think of it when you read what James said. They were obviously both fans of the Proverbs.

Verse 13: It’s a ‘hard knock life’ for those who have a hard head – at least that’s how I’d sum it up.

Verses 15-16: Wealth is a tool! Some have more tools than others but we’re all responsible for how we take care of our own tools. Wealth does not always make things better. Use some tools with ignorance and you’ll end up getting hurt. Wealth is one of them! To the untrained heart physical wealth will replace the spiritual treasure of the heart (Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 16:1-14).

Verse 19: I quoted this verse just the other day…but I accidentally left out a word in my comment. I wasn’t following the verse per say; just made a mistake. Shutting a door and window – yeah, we’ve got that! Shutting our mouth – I wish I had it down as much as the doors and windows.

Verse 21: I think this is one of the most overlooked gems in Proverbs. How do the lips of the righteous feed others? Advice, encouragement, warnings, admonitions…it all feeds the soul.

Verse 22: Solomon has much to say throughout Proverbs about work, wealth and blessings from God. I wonder why? True financial blessings from God come without the sorrow…and the fact that all financial “blessings” are not without that issue reveals the source of some “financial aid.” 1 Timothy 6:9-10 preaches right along side with the Proverbs today as strongly as the day they were written. Solomon was a man who felt the sting of wealth and sorrow!!!

Verse 27: Accidents do happen to those who strive to live after the Lord, but foolishness happens to more people than you can shake a stick at. Watch the news! Foolishness affects our lives much more than accidents. Bottom line is a life lived in accordance with God’s will is most-often a life of wiser and more fulfilling days.

Verse 29: The Lord can be for you. But never forget that the Lord can be against if you chose to work evil! You can hear Solomon saying that we don’t want to be on the wrong side of the Lord.

Next up, Proverbs 11.

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“Proverbs Are The Piths” (14)

Proverbs 9 continues with the wisdom theme. Wisdom, simplicity, foolishness, reproving, instruction, fear, knowledge, understanding, life, death and destruction are all on the menu.

Verses 1-6: The wisdom that leads to life is built upon a strong foundation that does not originate with man. It metaphorically becomes a home not made with hands; Christians should find a reason to smile in this (Hebrews 10:11). Wisdom offers the invitation that leads to life…what do you know, it still does! (John 6:53-56; Matthew 11:28; Mark 16:15-16) Whatever was wise yesterday, will still be wise today.

Verses 7-12: There is one invitation to be wise, but there are two reactions to it. When it comes to the “scorners” of wisdom it is best to be silent sometimes (Matthew 7:6). Some refuse to listen because they don’t want to learn while the who want to learn will listen. No fear of the Lord??? No wisdom that leads to life!!!

Verses 13-18: The wise lady who represents the way of life has her counterpart – the lady who represents folly and foolishness that leads to woe. It seems as if Solomon is making a concluding statement about all these two women; wisdom is crying out in the streets to be heard, but non-sense/sin is walking around to be seen – we must choose wisely (2 Corinthians 5:7). It always does us good to remember where the guests at sin’s table end up when the meal is finished. The following article came from the email bulletin of the church in Wise, Virginia; the author of the article was marked as ‘unknown.’ I thought it fits Proverbs 9 well. Especially verses 13-18.

What Price for Foolishness?

What some will pay for a moment’s reckless folly is recorded again and again in the Book of Ages. Do you think these got their “money’s worth”?

1. ADAM and EVE, for one bite of luscious fruit when they were not even hungry, brought sin, suffering, shame and death upon themselves and the human race. (Genesis 3)

2. LOT’S WIFE, revealing her longing for the things that pertain to the earth, took one look back at Sodom and became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19)

3. ESAU, to satisfy one day’s fleshly hunger, lightly esteemed his birthright and forfeited his right to the ancestry of Christ. (Genesis 25)

4. ACHAN, for a garment he could not wear, and silver and gold he could not spend, paid with all his possessions, his family and his life. (Joshua 7)

5. SAMSON, for the caress of a hypocritical woman, lost his will, his strength, his liberty, his eyes and finally his life. (Judges 16)

6. DAVID, to enjoy another man’s wife, hands to posterity a tale of his life with adultery, shame, and tears, boldly written for all to read. (2 Samuel 11)

7. AHAB, coveted another’s little vineyard, permitted his wife to have its owner killed, claimed it for his own, and heard his funeral preached in these words: “In the place where the dogs licked the blood of Naboth, shall the dogs like thy blood, even thine.” (1 Kings 21)

8. JUDAS for thirty pieces of silver, which he couldn’t find occasion or conscience to use, took his own life in shame and despair. (Matthew 27)

These examples could be multiplied but they are sufficient just here. Could these have called back their days after learning their lessons, how differently would have been the history of the world. When we consider the price paid for sin, WE MUCH CONCLUDE IT IS NOT WORTH IT! Surely we do not suppose ourselves smart enough to out-smart God, and get by with sinning and not pay the “wages” of it.

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“Proverbs Are The Piths” (13)

If Proverbs 8 reveals one thing it’s this: There may be no “I” in team but there sure is in “Wisdom!”

Verses 1-5: Wisdom is an equal opportunity educator (just think of chapter one’s lesson). If you compare the previous topic of the adulterous woman who kills to the current topic of the woman who cries out to give life you again see the Bible’s true purpose – contrasting darkness and light as well as sin and salvation. God’s word is the word of wisdom and life (John 6:63, 7:37 and Hebrews 12:25). God’s revealed wisdom has been given for our benefit (1 Corinthians 2:7-16 and Deuteronomy 29:29, 30:11-15).

Verses 6-11: Wisdom calls out for her words to be “marked.” Wisdom knows how to speak plain truth with plain talk. Plain talk that leads to plain truth caused many to reject Jesus (John 8:40-46). A key theme in these verses that will be reflected many times over throughout the rest of the book is that there are times when a person is better off not attempting to educate the ignorant because they will not learn – not because they cannot learn. Think “pearls and swine” for a moment.

Verses 12-31: Wisdom has many references on her job application. Intelligence, knowledge, proper thinking all come as benefits when we employ wisdom. This wisdom has little to do, actually nothing to do with diplomas on the wall! It has to do with living life according to the tried and true wisdom of God. This thought leads Solomon to say wisdom was around before the world got started. Science was science before the scientist ever thought anything about geology, meteorology, physical sciences, chemistry, etc. Intelligence is seen in the very existence of the world itself.

Verses 32-36: Wisdom’s ways are old-fashioned, but there is nothing new to find that she has not revealed. These verses remind me of Luke 13:23-24. If we want to find wisdom (and eternal life) it will take an effort! If we reject wisdom, then we’re only hurting ourself.

#book-of-proverbs, #god, #instruction, #knowledge, #proverbs-are-the-piths, #wisdom

“Proverbs Are The Piths” (12)

In Proverbs 7 Solomon returns to a topic with which he has much experience – women! The type of woman who would be looking to have a little influence with a king; yes, the type who sadly had quite a large influence on Solomon’s life. The king who began his reign with great wisdom due to his heart walked down a scary path because he ignored his own wisdom (originating from God) due to a heart that was defiled with the flattering words of foreign women. Now he pleads with his children to not make the same mistake when dealing with professional assassins!

Verses 1-5:  There’s no wonder that Solomon tells his son to keep his commandments (originating from God’s word) in his heart. After all, like Solomon had told him earlier, the heart is where the issues of life spring from! Stick close to the women who care – wisdom your sister and understanding your kinswoman. Sometimes, due to male ignorance and stupidity, it takes a woman who cares to see through another woman’s callousness.

Verses 6-9: Solomon gives an eyewitness account to the crime. The wrong place, the wrong time and the wrong person equals the wrong decision. Sounds like the common late-night scene still found today. Hasn’t someone said something about nothing new being under the sun?

Verses 10-20: The woman the young man meets is dressed to kill and an expert at her skill. Clothing can reveal as much about a person on the inside as the lack thereof does on the outside Solomon says! The wife with a house isn’t interested in being a house wife. I guess she’s more of the desperate kind. Makes one wonder about her marriage. Regardless, at the end of the day, a slaughter-house scented with roses is still a slaughter-house, and this young man is about to kiss it all goodbye!

Verses 21-27: The seductress talks the young man into a situation he can’t get out of. Like an ox to the slaughter, Solomon says, she hits her mark and he meets his maker! Solomon warns that this woman is undefeated, but she is not undefeatableThe path to victory starts in the heart! Be wise! Her house is fixed up like heaven, but it’s only a disguised hell. See through it! Solomon badly wants his children to see that illicit sex will make you exactly what the word begins with – ILL!

#adultery, #children, #fornication, #god, #parents, #proverbs-are-the-piths, #solomon, #wisdom

“Proverbs Are The Piths” (11)

Proverbs 6 is all about obligations; the ones we have and the ones we don’t. Watch and see, but you’re under no obligation.

Verses 1-5Obligations to others. Solomon tells his children to think long and hard before signing your name to something. This applies to co-signers, hand shakers and promise makers. It’s all serious stuff! The reason? Because if it’s you on the line, then your “buddy” might just cut bait and run! That’s never happened before, has it?

Verses 6-11 – God understands the necessity of rest, but He also understands our obligation to work. Not only does Exodus 20:9 speak to this, but so does 2 Thessalonians 3:8-13. Solomon isn’t trying to take a stick to those who aren’t capable of working. He’s lighting a fire under those who can, but won’t!

Verses 12-19 – Here we have a person’s obligation to God. The wicked man and the wickedness of man go hand in hand. Verse 15 reminds us that we can’t out plan the One who sees all plans. Backroom deals, secret alliances, lies, cheating and back stabbing are fruitless in the eyes of God. Verses 16-19 are a very popular section of Proverbs for a very good reason – they preach as powerfully today as the day they were written. Pride, lying, murder, wicked hearts, evil intentions, trouble makers – none of that still happens…right? From head to toe, mankind has an obligation to God; one that He’s not soon to forget.

Verses 20-29Obligation to purity is the name of the game here. Play with fire, and we will get burned. Not only is this advice from a father, but also from a mother (vs. 20-21). The tools of the “trade” haven’t changed for an adulterer/adulteress, and neither has the result. They never build anything; they just tear down! Solomon guarantees that the eye is bigger than the belly, and the cost is higher than advertised. It destroys the soul (vs. 32). It destroys reputations (vs. 33). It can literally destroy a life (vs. 34). If we allow our sexual appetite to take us to someone else’s table, then mercy won’t be an easy helping to find.

Obligation is an interesting, powerful, heavy and even dangerous word.

#god, #obligations, #proverbs-are-the-piths, #purity, #relationships, #work

“Proverbs Are The Piths” (10)

In Proverbs 5:1-14 Solomon has warned his son about the end result of adultery; now he gives a solution to help extinguish the tempter’s fire in Proverbs 5:15-23. And what is this solution? Feed the fire that burns at home and you won’t have time to feed the ones out on the street!

Verses 15-17: If you don’t go around drinking from any ole’ water source, then why trust just anybody with something that goes straight to the heart? The consequences are rampant even today. Illegitimate children who suffer because of bad decisions made through lust, broken homes and STD’s aren’t just modern casualties of illicit sex! But modern-day TV shows reveal hearts by having no shame in profiting from the spectacle of people not knowing who has fathered their child, marriages that get dissolved before they ever began and circus-like atmospheres that supposed adults create for our culture to be spoon-fed with all because someone decided to take a drink from a stagnant and deadly source. Stick with running waters and the source we can trust and there will be no sickness that others suffer with.

Verses 18-20: Solomon urges his son to be “intoxicated” with his wife and he won’t be poisoned by adultery! Sex was designed by God and God designed marriage to be the place where the passions get played out. Any other avenue results in grave danger (Hebrews 13:4). There is intended to be much more involved in sex than just the physical pleasure. Notice how Solomon does not leave out the word “love.” To reduce the act of sex to the physical act alone, is to reduce the one with whom the act is shared with down to a physical object that can be replaced, removed and resold! There is no safety in the arms of someone who seeks only the fleeting physical pleasures of sex and not the lasting bond of love, care, concern and happiness through God’s ordained marriage covenant.

Verses 21-23: Why listen to this marriage counselor? Why think with the mind and not the flesh? Because our Creator is watching! The immoral person couldn’t care less about the soul that we must give an account for. This lesson that’s worth remembering for our culture today has a lot more to do with the Law of Heaven than it does with the Law of the Land! Instruction has been given, but the results and deadliness of not heeding it can sadly be seen in every generation.

#adultery, #culture, #lust, #marriage, #proverbs-are-the-piths, #sex

“Proverbs Are The Piths” (9)

Think the advice of Solomon is outdated??? Read chapter 5:1-14 to change your mind! In this section, Solomon tackles the topic of adultery, and you know what? The only thing that has changed about adultery is the name our culture calls it. Who was it that said, “There’s nothing new under the sun” again?

Verses 1-6: Right away Solomon urges to listen up! This is serious! When we mess with adultery we’re messing with candy-coated poison. Steer your lips clear and keep them clean with discretion and knowledge. Two things that every body doesn’t want. The strange/immoral woman/prostitute promises a life like no other, but it only leads in one direction (vs. 5). Solomon pleads with his son to remember that she has no interest in the right path for your life, and she’ll do whatever she can to keep you from thinking about it too. She’s nothing like the woman called knowledge in Proverbs 4:5-9 – you can’t figure this one out so don’t even try!

Verses 7-14: Commit adultery and we’ll walk in something, but we’ll leave out with nothing. Like Paul told Timothy, there are times when we’ll never regret running away (2 Timothy 2:22). Honor, years of life, wealth, health, senses and self! Do you know what they all have in common? Commit adultery and you can kiss them goodbye according to Solomon. Ignore this advice, and we do so to our own peril.

Have you ever wondered how Solomon found out about the way his father and mother met each other? Maybe his point of view toward adultery came from that knowledge; but if I had to be honest, it sounds like words from personal experience to me. After all, not only do we know about the mistakes of Solomon’s father when it came to women; we know about the mistakes of David’s son too. Perhaps Solomon was trying to break a family tradition that will break up a man, a faith, a heart, a conscience, a life, a soul and the entire family.

In the next several verses Solomon reminds his son about two ways to avoid getting caught in the trap of adultery. We’ll save those for next time.

#adultery, #marriage, #proverbs-are-the-piths, #wisdom

“Proverbs Are The Piths” (8)

Solomon uses what I consider to be a classic way of explaining things to children in his lesson in Proverbs 4: “When I was a boy….” The point of ch. 4 is that if it worked then, it’ll work now!

Verses 1-4: Here we have a little father and son moment. It seems as if Solomon’s expectation is that if anybody would want to listen to him it would be his own son. He had visitors from all over the world, but the most important ears lived under the same roof. He doesn’t say, “Hear what the king has to say!” He says, “Hear what your father has to say.” Maybe a good point in verse 3 that all of us “old fogies” would do good to get is to remember what it was like to be young, and sometimes dumb because of it 🙂 Also, don’t miss the compliment being paid to David right there.

Verses 5-9: Wisdom is the lady who won’t lead you wrong. Solomon is talking about a whole other lady here in chapter 4 than he’ll talk about in chapter 5! She is to be the principle thing, not to be forsaken; when she’s exalted and embraced she will reward accordingly with the best crown a king could wear.

Verses 10-19: Wisdom will keep others from hurting you, and you from hurting yourself. In these verses there is the “way of wisdom” and the “way  of the wicked” and finally the question “which way will you follow?” The gist is that the truth has always been the narrow way!

Verses 20-27: Right is never left and left won’t lead right no matter how many times you turn – keep it between the lines and stay straight, Solomon says. He urges his son to keep his eyes on the prize and the goal in the middle of his heart. He introduces a theme that will he use again too, “keep your heart with all diligence….

A lot of things can be said of Solomon, one of which includes that he had a desire for his children to make the right choices. I guess anyone today who is honest enough to admit when they’ve made the wrong choices should want at least this much for their own children as well; if not all children in general!

#choices, #parenting, #proverbs, #proverbs-are-the-piths, #solomon, #wisdom

“Proverbs Are The Piths” (7)

Here’s a Sermon Outline for Proverbs 3. Again, I’m giving you the “bare bones” but it’s a great and rich chapter with a ton of potential. Follow the “points” I make and you’ll see the point the scriptures are teaching.

These are the promises of a wise parent – We can’t promise our children everything, but we can promise these when wisdom is followed.

Verses 1-2: A Fulfilling Life

Verses 3-4: A Respectable Life

Verses 5-6: A Direction in Life

Verses 7-8: A Healthy Humility

Verses 9-10: True Investments

Verses 11-12: A Perfect Father

Verses 13-18: An Attainable Goal

Verses 19-20: A Meaning in Life

Verses 21-26: A Clean Conscience

Verses 27-30: A Legacy of Good

Verses 31-35: A Salvation from God

Follow the flow correctly, and you’ll get no less than 2 sermon or class outlines from this, if not many more. God bless in your efforts to preach, teach and serve God.

#parenting, #proverbs-are-the-piths, #sermon-outlines, #teaching-aide, #wisdom

“Proverbs Are The Piths” (6)

Proverbs 2:20-22 culminates with the reason why Solomon’s children should take heed to the warning that wisdom will not just fall into their lap; to the message of where wisdom, knowledge and understanding originates from; to his admonition that there are people out there who do not have our best interest in mind; and that love is more than what meets the eye.

Solomon’s culmination is simple – the Promised Land has One Path! (see also Matthew 7:14 and John 14:6)

Verse 20 – Multiple paths in life, but only two destinations? We better believe it. We better heed it. We better perceive it. If not we’ll rob ourselves by exchanging the pleasures of sin for a season for affliction that comes afterwords.

Verse 21 – Character counts! Relationships count! Mentalities count! Passion counts! Humility counts! Mercy counts! Salvation is real and we can count on it!

Verse 22 – Evil will be pulled up by what? First comes the mowing down, then comes the pulling up of the roots. If we want to completely get rid of something, we have to get rid of the roots. Solomon is teaching his son that one day God will do a lot of weeding; so we must strive to bear the fruit of the upright and blameless, or there will be no distinction between us and the weed!

Proverbs 2 could be summed up in 10 words: Wisdom gives salvation – sin gives death – BE SMART Solomon says.

#children, #proverbs-are-the-piths, #salvation, #warnings

“Proverbs Are The Piths” (5)

The book of Proverbs shows itself to be an equal opportunity defender in 2:16-19. Not only will God’s word protect young people from “slick talking men” – it will protect them from “slick talking women” too!

Verse 16- Solomon tells his son that the pretty young from down the street has grown to be trouble in the neighborhood. While the word “strange” (KJV and others) can refer to a foreigner, it can also refer to someone who has become “estranged” from a covenant or lifestyle. She wasn’t leaving; she was already gone. This is the exact reason we find the words of verse 17.

Verse 17- She was raised to know and do better! While this can’t be said for every person, it can be said for her. In all likelihood, verse 17 indicates not only the abandonment of her God (covenant), but also the betrayal of her husband (companion of youth). So Solomon says beware my son, she knows the right words (vs.16), but she doesn’t have the right heart!

Verse 18-19 – It’s a one street with a dead-end sign. Solomon introduces a topic that every young man must be warned about – the lust of the eye, lust of the flesh and the pride of life. It’s a big warning about a little bit of sex and it won’t be the last time these wise words are given to this naive young man. One can almost hear Solomon saying, “Don’t make the same mistake I did.”

There’s no doubt in my mind that Solomon understood how easily temptation could overtake a young person through lust. He knew everyone is only young once, but Solomon never once minced his words to his children in the book of Proverbs – sin leads to death every time no matter how pretty it may be!

#lust, #proverbs-are-the-piths, #sex, #warning, #youth

“Proverbs Are The Piths” (4)

Proverbs 2:10-15 reminds me very much of Matthew 10:16.

Solomon is warning his children that everyone they meet won’t be interested in their well-being. If they don’t keep on their toes, they’ll soon be walking a path that needs to be less traveled. These admonitions are still as valuable today as the day they were given.

Verse 10 – The realization of the blessings in verses 11-12 are based upon the condition of this verse. “When wisdom enters…when knowledge is pleasant to the soul…” then a heads up will be given when sneaky characters come our way.

Verse 11 – Listen to God and we can better know when we hear garbage and foolishness and sin that harms the body, soul and spirit! If it doesn’t pass the sniff test, it doesn’t pass the test! This is the essence of discretion and understanding.

Verse 12 – Why are wisdom and knowledge essential? They can help keep young people from slipping on the words of the “slick talking men” who prey on them.

Verse 13-15 – Think the base characteristics of people have changed? Think again! The same promises to lure the young people of yesterday are still used as bait today. And everyday someone puts down their better judgment to take a little nibble, only to find the hook of wickedness set firmly in their heart.

There are wolves on every corner, so Solomon is urging his young sheep to carry a ready stick!

#proverbs-are-the-piths, #wisdom, #youth

“Proverbs are the Piths” (3)

Proverbs 2:6-9 packs a punch when it comes to the unique source of wisdom that the Bible contains.

The Bank of Wisdom located in Heaven is a bank that is too big to fail for several reasons!

1 – It receives its funds from the mouth of God (vs.6). Where does all wisdom, knowledge and understanding come from? Solomon says it comes from the mouth of God. Wisdom is literally God breathed! Hmmm…haven’t I read about something else being God-breathed before? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

2 – God makes the deposits (vs.7). He is literally the storehouse/a bank of wisdom whose account never runs dry. The more you study His word, the more “funds” we find! Many will never “withdrawal from this free account” because they fail to understand its value (1 Corinthians 2).

3 – God protects the account Himself (vs. 7b-8). He is His own FDIC guarantee! He is the shield, the guardian and the one who preserves and protects the value of godly wisdom from the ever-increasing (inflationary one might say) ignorance and stubbornness of mankind’s hearts and minds toward the word of God.

4 – The investment in the bank of wisdom pays out great interest (vs. 9). In fact, Solomon tells his son that it’s in his own best interest to keep this account open! It pays out righteousness, justice and equity because it leads the investor to every good path in life. Why do men and women suffer evil, ignorance, injustice and heartache? Because we don’t listen to our Creator, and we try to make our “bank account and paths” in life work out (Jeremiah 10:23). The problem is that we always end up broke spiritually!

God pays the price and He makes the investments that we can’t afford, and may we have the wisdom it takes to recognize it (2 Corinthians 8:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).

Brothers, that’ll preach if you add a little more meat to the bones; you can bank on it.

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“Proverbs are the Piths” (2)

Here’s what we can glean from Proverbs 2:1-5: Ask and You Shall Receive But Wisdom Will Not Just Fall Into Our Lap

Look at the instructions Solomon gives to his children when it comes to getting wisdom, understanding and knowledge for a moment:

In verse one he instructs his son to “receive” (lay hold of, carry along, capture/seize) his words and to “hide” them (store them up as treasure) within himself.

In verse 2 he tells him to “incline” (be attentive) with his ear and to “apply” (to stretch out, turn toward) his heart to understanding.

In verse 3 he tells him to “cry out” (call out, proclaim – do the exact opposite of 1:24-26) for knowledge or discernment and also to “lift up his voice” (to give to, bestow, designate) for understanding.

In verse 4 he tells him to “seek” (to desire, request, or even demand) for wisdom like precious metal and to “search” (make thorough effort) for wisdom as he would for hidden treasures.

After doing all of these things, Solomon says in verse 5, “THEN” his son would understand the fear of God and find the knowledge from God he needs.

The point of these 5 verses is that the reason so many don’t understand God’s word and will in and for his or her life is because they don’t want too! They are not asking for it (James 1:5) and they are not working for it (Proverbs 2:1-5). The wisdom that God is willing to share will not just fall into our lap; if you think it will, then go back and read Solomon’s instructions to his son again. The wisdom of God comes from dedicated humility (think of Solomon’s request for wisdom) and from diligent study (2 Timothy 2:15).

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