Proverbs 3:27-34

In Proverbs 3:27-34 we see Solomon provide some direct lessons related to God’s wisdom.  “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it”. It’s not ours to keep. He tells us that we should do good when it is in the power of our hand to do so. Wisdom is not something for us to possess and control but rather to learn and then share.  It is our responsibility to pass it on and use it to do good. He continues with “Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it” – when you have it with you”. It’s not something we should play games with, or use as a lever or club over others.

The good we should do should be done promptly, while the opportunity still exists. If we leave it until tomorrow, it may never happen – and will certainly not happen as soon as it could and should. He goes further in telling us: “Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly beside you”. God’s wisdom teaches us to treat others well. Since our own security and safety is connected to God’s wisdom and the good of our neighbor, then for safety’s sake we should not create issues with our neighbor when there is no cause.  We should be investing in the people in our patch and living in harmony with them.

He continues with “Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm”. God’s wisdom is not about stirring things up and creating conflict or discord.  Bridges wrote “We must beware of becoming involved in quarrels instead of pursuing peace. A spirit of strife is a great hindrance to holiness and is inconsistent for any of God’s servants.” We are to pay attention to how those around us live. “Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways, for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord, but the upright are in his confidence”. Evil may seem to win, but it never truly does.  We need to be careful who we associate with and choose those who follow God’s wisdom.

Solomon concludes with “The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous”. God will judge based on how we live. “Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor”. Solomon shows how pride sets God in opposition to us, but humility invites the grace of God. We want to be humble and receive God’s grace.  He will resist the proud.  Scripture tells us this truth over and over. “The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace”. Whatever success and positive result the wicked seem to have, it is only temporary. Their legacy will be shame, but God has a destiny of glory for His wise, humble ones.  Wisdom is the key to receiving that gift!

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