Proverbs 6 has Solomon warning us not to loan money (or anything). “My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor….go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor”. Being a loaner, or debtor, certainly can lead to a number of challenges. If we are going to loan anything to another, we need to be willing to walk away from it. Otherwise it can quickly become the foundation of dispute and broken relationships. I certainly have experienced that in my life.
Solomon shares the secret to being productive – hard work. “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man”. The bottom line is that we need to use our God given gifts and energy to work and be productive. Solomon also warns against being a deceitful person which will lead to destruction. “A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing”.
Solomon tells us “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him:
- haughty eyes
- a lying tongue
- hands that shed innocent blood
- a heart that devises wicked plans
- feet that make haste to run to evil
- a false witness who breathes out lies
- one who sows discord among brothers”
God cares about how we relate to one another. He knows the outcome of an evil heart, and calls those things out here as things He hates.
Solomon goes on to warn us to listen and learn. “My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you. For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life”. The lesson is clear. We need to listen and heed what we are taught and carry those teachings with us all day every day in every place and every way. God’s commandments are light to our path and we need to discipline ourselves to live according to His commands.