The Proverbs of Solomon
1 A wise child brings joy to a father;
a foolish child brings grief to a mother.
2 Tainted wealth has no lasting value,
but right living can save your life.
3 The Lord will not let the godly go hungry,
but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked.
4 Lazy people are soon poor;
hard workers get rich.
5 A wise youth harvests in the summer,
but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.
6 The godly are showered with blessings;
the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.
7 We have happy memories of the godly,
but the name of a wicked person rots away.
8 The wise are glad to be instructed,
but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.
9 People with integrity walk safely,
but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.
10 People who wink at wrong cause trouble,
but a bold reproof promotes peace.
11 The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain;
the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.
12 Hatred stirs up quarrels,
but love makes up for all offenses.
13 Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding,
but those lacking sense will be beaten with a rod.
14 Wise people treasure knowledge,
but the babbling of a fool invites disaster.
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortress;
the poverty of the poor is their destruction.
16 The earnings of the godly enhance their lives,
but evil people squander their money on sin.
17 People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life,
but those who ignore correction will go astray.
18 Hiding hatred makes you a liar;
slandering others makes you a fool.
19 Too much talk leads to sin.
Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.
20 The words of the godly are like sterling silver;
the heart of a fool is worthless.
21 The words of the godly encourage many,
but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.
22 The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich,
and he adds no sorrow with it.
23 Doing wrong is fun for a fool,
but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible.
24 The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled;
the hopes of the godly will be granted.
25 When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away,
but the godly have a lasting foundation.
26 Lazy people irritate their employers,
like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes.
27 Fear of the Lord lengthens one’s life,
but the years of the wicked are cut short.
28 The hopes of the godly result in happiness,
but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing.
29 The way of the Lord is a stronghold to those with integrity,
but it destroys the wicked.
30 The godly will never be disturbed,
but the wicked will be removed from the land.
31 The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice,
but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.
32 The lips of the godly speak helpful words,
but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.
Proverbs 10:1-32 (NLT)
I was going through my morning prayer and really asking God to reveal something for me to meditate upon this morning. The house is totally empty. Our children are away at their grandparents and my wife is probably close to getting home from her shift at the hospital. It is within these quiet and solo times lately that I find myself either at peace or within a place that brings on the thoughts of things that make me sad. Yes, I have those things at the current time in my life. After reading a few of the previous Proverbs before reaching the Proverbs of Solomon, I was drawn to the collection I’ve listed above. I’ve been sitting here thinking about how all of these individual words of wisdom apply to my personal life and the life of others I’ve recently observed.
I’ve become extremely emotional within the last few weeks. It seems like every thought, outside of my weekly work schedule and routine, has so much more depth and emphasis. I watched a movie called, “Twelve Years A Slave” yesterday, which, by the way, is an excellent flick, and I was so full of varying emotion and thoughts. Joy. Sadness. Empathy and sympathy. Rage. Thoughts of forgiveness and justice. Pain. Thoughts of how minimal my problems truly are in contrast to the slaves of times passed. I have been dealing with so many family issues and have been all over the place within the emotions linked to it. I’ve gone from some pretty extreme highs to some damaging lows over the past few days. The difference is the way that I perceive the emotions compared to how I used to. In previous years, the emotions were the definition of my reality. Now, those emotions are only observed, embraced, dealt with after seeking out and realizing why I am probably within these emotions, and accepted. I just have to accept that my thoughts, feelings and emotions are where they are because of the difficult realities of my present season. I put my complete trust in the plan the Lord has already orchestrated within these current moments.
As I reached Proverbs 10 and read through each word, a great majority of them are the things that I am currently experiencing within my life. I believe the Lord wished for me to see that the realities of Solomon’s wisdom stand the test of time. Thousands of years later, the same problems have the same solution. The wages of sins have the same death. Embracing the wisdom of God has the same fruitful payoff. This morning, I am humbled by these many emotions I have been experiencing, for I know that the Lord has something for me to learn. Just like the evident wisdom within Solomons’ writings, a wisdom of godly discernment, I can see the lessons that are now within play. In a future time, Lord willing, I will have gained a certain wisdom through these emotions and thoughts. As I really studied these words within Proverbs 10, I noticed how the emotions and thoughts of this individual had their way within him. I noticed how the consequences for the actions, that perhaps Solomon or others around him may have experienced, had clutched the thoughts and emotions. They had captivated the very heart of Solomon. The heart: deceitfully wicked, above all things. It was through a new heart (one of The Father’s making) within Solomon that led him through the maze of emotions and thoughts, resulting in a wisdom that would be written and seized by the hearts of masses for years to come. Praise God for these lessons!
When I drown within my emotions and find my definition within them, root myself within them and become them, I have such a limited view of what Holy Spirit is willing to speak to me. He is the wisdom. He is the voice. When I stop and realize that the emotions and thoughts that I experience are not the Holy Spirit of God, I have the ability to see them as the tools the Lord has provided in order for me to see the need for His presence. Emotions and thoughts have the ability to take me far from the peace, joy and love of God, and those emotions and thoughts are where the devil is waiting to pull me into a separation form the Lord. If I observe the thoughts, emotions and refuse to believe that is who I am, I can learn from them. I can, more easily, discern the varying degrees of these thoughts and emotions, allowing the voice of our Lord to filter them, and turn the observation into a blessing. Much like Solomon did within His proverbial wisdom. I have to allow God to fill the heart and mind with His presence in order for the deceit to be replaced with His truth. In order for the thoughts and emotions to be part of me, and not the definition of me. I am His child, defined by the blood that was shed, and I am right where He wants me to be within these current lessons.