“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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