“All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing in them twisted or crooked.”
So speaks the voice of wisdom in its appeal to all mankind. Who learns God’s wisdom can also speak righteous words. But the price to pay is an intense and unceasing search.
Where will we find wisdom? Not on Facebook, nor in a Google search, but in the Word of God. It deserves our constant perusal and meditation.
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“All the days of the afflicted are bad,
but one with a cheerful heart has a continual feast.”
The afflicted are those whose hearts are heavy because they let circumstances weigh them down. The cheerful heart is one who decides, in every case, to be joyful.
Our attitude affects our enjoyment of life. The decision to develop a positive disposition makes all the difference.
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“Fools mock at reparation, but among the upright there is favor.”
“An intelligent man knows that sin cannot be justified and hence knows better than to try. Fools may know enough to recognize sin but are so lacking in good sense they resort to mocking as an ‘alibi’ for their evil deeds. A man who is righteous will gain the favor of God; if he makes a mistake he will make amends to God” (E.M. Zerr).
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“The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the Lord tests hearts.”
What the Lord does in the life of his saints is similiar to the refining fire, to separate impurities in the heart from what is precious to him. The verse urges cooperation with this process.
How is the Lord testing my heart? What moments and situations is he using to purify my heart? How can I best cooperate with his testing?
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“We are ruined by our own stupidity, though we blame the Lord.”
Proverbs 19.3 CEV
Since Adam, man has blamed God for his problems. A key to wisdom is accepting responsibility for one’s decisions. Then when one errs, one is ready to repent.
Have you blamed God for self-caused suffering? Might many troubles be caused by our actions? We should ask, Where have I made mistakes which have caused me grief, and how might I correct them?
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“One who has isolated himself seeks his own desires;
he rejects all sound judgment.”
In the search for wisdom, one cannot keep to self. A refusal to hear others shows that one only desires to protect one’s own interests.
We need each other. In God’s family we find the wisdom of Christ and course correction. In communion we have great resources for living for God’s glory.
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“A servant who acts wisely will rule
over an heir who behaves shamefully,
and will share the inheritance along with the relatives.”
Wisdom often advances a person beyond one’s station. Others recognize the blessing that the presence and work of a wise person brings.
How has the use of wisdom in your life advanced your objectives?
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“A wicked person shows boldness with his face, but as for the upright, he discerns his ways.”
The wisdom of the Proverbs often contrasts the actions of the wicked and of the righteous, as well as the consequences of their ways.
To discern is to “keep in order,” as one version puts it. What is necessary to put one’s consideration, or thought, into action?
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“The one who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but the one who walks in wisdom will escape.”
Trust in one’s self leads to stealing from parents, v. 24, greed, v. 25, ignoring the needs of others, v. 27, and abuse of power, v. 28.
The heart deceives, leading one to believe that success is a result of one’s own effort. Wisdom saves from such foolishness and its inevitable consequences.
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“The plans of the diligent lead only to plenty, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”
Proverbs are general truths or observations. The contrast here is between the careful planner and hard worker and the person in a hurry to get wealthy.
Does our popular phrase, “Haste makes waste” apply here?
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Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death. Why would someone seek wealth via wicked deeds or thinking? Because there is no real belief there will be a day of reckoning. While the thinking of great profit awaits, many hope, actually, it is the righteous who receive wealth, a wealth that is not of this world – which is of greater value. If the wicked thought as the righteous, the wicked would no longer be wicked, but righteous. Seems to be a truism; we also see another truism: the wicked far outnumber the righteous. The Lord’s way of educating the mind has a way of changing hearts that have no desire to live by this world’s standards, but those hearts need to want a wealth that is not of this world. RT
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“But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light, growing brighter and brighter until full day.”
This chapter on wisdom contrasts the way of the wicked and that of the righteous. Wisdom must be valued and pursued vigorously.
How does this verse speak to the righteous who find themselves under duress?
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“Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life.”
Proverbs 4.23 CEV
The heart refers to the inner man, mind, motives, decisions. It’s where everything starts.
How are you guarding your thoughts? What can we do to protect the mind?
Oh, that was alliteration overload.
The world and many in Christ are stupid. So says Prov 2.1-5. When our people can sing worldly lyrics all day long, but have trouble coming up with one or two verses by memory, according to Solomon, they are stupid.
My child, if you receive my words,
and store up my commands within you,
by making your ear attentive to wisdom,
and by turning your heart to understanding,
indeed, if you call out for discernment—
raise your voice for understanding—
if you seek it like silver,
and search for it like hidden treasure,
then you will understand how to fear the Lord,
and you will discover knowledge about God.
Do you see this happening among us? With some, yes. With many others, it is not. These are seeking other things, and it shows.
Don’t be stupid. Make a scene and get wisdom. Be a mental hoarder of the word of God. Be obvious about knowing Christ. Make fearing the Lord your absolute and only priority.
Only by doing all of this will we get a handle on what it means to be a Christian.
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