Wisdom is something we all need and will never have enough of. We are all a work in progress and will forever be growing, unless we get in the way. Let us open our hearts as we read God’s Word today and allow Him to work in us.
Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. The rich and poor have this in common: The lord made them both. A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. True humility and fear of the lord lead to riches, honor, and long life. Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will avoid it. Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender. Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end. Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor. Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too. Quarrels and insults will disappear. Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend. The lord preserves those with knowledge, but he ruins the plans of the treacherous. The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!” The mouth of an immoral woman is a dangerous trap; those who make the lord angry will fall into it. A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away. A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty. Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction. For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart and always ready on your lips. I am teaching you today—yes, you— so you will trust in the Lord . I have written thirty sayings for you, filled with advice and knowledge. In this way, you may know the truth and take an accurate report to those who sent you. Don’t rob the poor just because you can, or exploit the needy in court. For the lord is their defender. He will ruin anyone who ruins them. Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul. Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else. If you can’t pay it, even your bed will be snatched from under you. Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations. Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people.
What did I learn from this chapter today:
God made each and every one of us. I think about all the people that may rub me the wrong way or who I cannot understand. God purposely made them too. No matter where they are on their way or even if they are in complete rebellion against God, I am to love them too. God has a plan for them. Perhaps they are in my life and I am in theirs so that we may mark each other in some way, to stimulate growth of some kind.
I want to always be aware of my surroundings. I don’t want to miss out on opportunities, wonders and dangers that are always near. I want to always be ready to do God’s work as He desires. I do not want to be in a place where I worry about what the world thinks of me, only God. This brings me back to a reoccurring theme, do not look to bless the rich and the powerful, look to bless the poor and the needy. There are people physically and spiritually starving. I am blessed beyond measure in this life and want to share all that I can.
People of this world are lost and they need a beacon to show them the way to the Lord. I wish to be that beacon in the midst of the darkness that seems to be swallowing them up. I can only do that by being in the Lord myself. I look to His Word for wisdom and to His Spirit for strength. Jesus will always show me the way if I would just sit still and put all my selfishness aside.
My prayer for today:
Lord Jesus, I come to You in humility and expectancy. I know that You will guide my ways if I just wait for You. I pray that You help me to remember to not get in the way! I pray that You chisel these words deep into my heart of hearts Lord. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.