Fools mock at reparation: Proverbs 14.9

“Fools mock at reparation, but among the upright there is favor.”

Proverbs 14.9

“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).

#votd #Proverbs #sin

The Lord tests hearts: Proverbs 17.3

“The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the Lord tests hearts.”

Proverbs 17.3

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?

#votd #Proverbs #trials

We blame the Lord: Proverbs 19.3

“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?

#votd #blame #Proverbs

Isolated himself: Proverbs 18.1

“One who has isolated himself seeks his own desires;
he rejects all sound judgment.”

Proverbs 18.1

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.

#wisdom #Proverbs #votd

Rule over: Proverbs 17.2 VOTD

“A servant who acts wisely will rule
over an heir who behaves shamefully,
and will share the inheritance along with the relatives.”

Proverbs 17.2

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?

#wisdom #Proverbs #VOTD

Discerns his ways: Proverbs 21.29 VOTD

“A wicked person shows boldness with his face, but as for the upright, he discerns his ways.”

Proverbs 21.29

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?

#Proverbs # actions #VOTD

Wisdom will escape: Proverbs 28.26 VOTD

“The one who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but the one who walks in wisdom will escape.”

Proverbs 28.26

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.

#wisdom #Proverbs #VOTD

Diligent: Proverbs 21.5 VOTD

“The plans of the diligent lead only to plenty, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”

Proverbs 21.5

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?

#diligence #haste #Proverbs #VOTD

Word to the Wise. Proverbs 10:2

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

#wealth #truisms #Proverbs

Growing brighter: Proverbs 4.18 VOTD

“But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light, growing brighter and brighter until full day.”

Proverbs 4.18

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?

#wisdom #Proverbs #VOTD #light

VOTD: Proverbs 4.23

“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?

#heart, #proverbs, #votd

7 points on practicing the principles of Proverbs 22

Oh, that was alliteration overload.

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Source: http://randal.us/#PracticingProverbs22

#life-principles, #proverbs, #wisdom

Do all of this, and then — only then — you will understand

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.

#wisdom #seek #Proverbs #effort

A Word to the Wise

One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless. (Proverbs 14:16, ESV). Paul wrote to the Corinthians that the wise know the schemes or plans of man’s adversary (Satan; 2 Cor. 2:11). It is not because the wise servant of the Lord was privileged to set in the counsel of those who plan evil, but because the Lord’s servant is able to “smell a rat” afar off. Once the odor gets closer the plans of those who are evil becomes more exposed. On the other hand, those who have given little to no attention to the Lord’s way become reckless, careless, and trapped. In their self-confidence they step into a hole not seen.

 

#proverbs, #schemes-of-satan, #word-to-the-wise

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(#210) The Proverbs of Solomon 31:8-9-Listen to Your Mama About Words

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-29:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 31:8-9: “Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die. 9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, And plead the cause of the poor and needy.”

Step up and speak up for those who are less fortunate, specifically those who have: no voice, no parent, no justice, or no necessities of life. It is emphatic and an action of mercy to help the helpless. All leaders of government should admit that: “Mercy and truth preserve the king, And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne” (Proverbs 20:28). God has always required this of His people: “You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor” (Leviticus 19:15); “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:16-17); “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

The “speechless” are those who have no voice or ability to defend themselves. They are easily victimized by all who would misrepresent their case;

Those “appointed to die” are people without possessions or permanence. According to the Hebrew expression, these may be strangers just passing through or orphans who cannot support themselves. God is mindful of such and required this of Israelites (Deuteronomy 10:17-19). Solomon wisely ruled: “Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard” (Proverbs 21:13). Never was this clearer than when Israelites were taken from their Promised Land because: “The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger” (Ezekiel 22:29);

“Judge righteously” should be the outcry of all of God’s people. All judges and legal personnel should hear this command. Jesus has said: “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24), for “in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God” (Romans 2:5);

“Plead the cause of the poor and needy,” for they cannot afford their own defense. The “poor and needy” are NOT those who demand their “right” to have the same possessions as those who have worked for what they have! The essentials of food and clothing are NOT in the same category as video games, big screen TV’s, cable, Internet, cars, or brand-name clothes!

No nation or people will stand when citizens have little or no recourse for their grievances!

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

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