Proverbs 13:13-17

In Proverbs 13:13-17 Solomon gives some strong words about the importance of God’s Word.  “Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded”. This principle may be fulfilled through the direct judgment of God upon those who commit the terrible sin of despising His Word, or by the natural consequences of such a poor choice. The person who not only understands and obeys but also properly respects and reverences God’s Word (reveres the commandment) will be rewarded both in this life and the life to come.  How we respond and treat God’s Word is so important and impactful in our life.

He continues by telling us that God’s word (the teaching of the wise) is a continual source of life for all who will receive it. “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death”. This is one way that God’s Word brings life. Understanding and obeying God’s Word will keep us away from many things that trap and destroy, both spiritual and physical.  There are many snares the enemy sets to trap us.  It is only God’s Word that can lead us to the one and only fountain of life.  Many snares, one fountain – and the only source of finding that fountain of life is to understand and follow the teaching of God’s Word.

Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is their ruin”. This happens both from the blessing of God and simply from the way people relate and get along with each other. Men and women of good understanding are more welcome among others in the way they deal with people. Those who reject wisdom and live lives unfaithful to God and man will find life hard. They find many more obstacles and difficulties in their path, and receive less help from others along the way.  How we live makes a significant difference in how life happens.  God’s Word is the guide that can keep us on His path and save us from a lot of grief.

The wise and prudent man not only has knowledge, but they take action with what they know. Wisdom is more than in their mind, it is in their life. “In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly”. It doesn’t impact a little part of what they do – it is what they do and how they live. The folly of the fool is plain for the world to see. It is open before God and man for all to observe and laugh at.  Wickedness never pays. “A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing”. This is even more important for the messenger, who has the responsibility to relay the message. This is a warning to those who are or wish to be messengers of God’s truth. Those who are faithful in that duty bring goodness to others and to themselves.

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