Archive for January 21st, 2019

Proverbs 15:25-28

In Proverbs 15:25-28 Solomon reminds us of the cost of pride is very large. Those who choose pride set themselves against God and God will set Himself against them. They and their house will be targets of God’s destruction. “The Lord tears down the house of the proud but maintains the widow’s boundaries”. On the other hand, the widow is the picture and representative of a humble, needy person who looks to and depends on God. She represents the opposite of the proud, and God takes special care of those who humbly depend on Him. As Solomon has said previously, God opposes the proud.

How we think matters to God. Wickedness doesn’t begin in the actions; it begins in the heart and thoughts. There is certainly a sense in which our actions are more important than our thoughts, but our actions begin in our thoughts, so what we think is also important to God. “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure”. Solomon knew that a person’s thoughts would be ultimately revealed by their words. God hears the words of the pure and is pleased, contrasting with the thoughts of the wicked. What we think, and ultimately say, truly matters.

Honesty is a trait that God expects us to live by. Many of those who are greedy for gain justify it with the excuse that they do it for their family. This is not wise, because being greedy for gain will ultimately bring trouble to one’s house. “Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live”. On the other side of the coin, the one who hates bribes is set as a contrast to the one who is greedy for gain. The greedy man or woman will do anything for more money and loves bribes if they can bring more money. God’s blessing is on men and women of integrity who hate bribes and other dishonest ways of doing business.

How we reply to questions and concerns is important.  We need to pause to be sure we answer wisely. The idea behind the phrase “how to answer” is simply of what one says. God’s righteous ones – men and women of wisdom – think beforehand what they should and will say. Their words are not based only on impulse and reaction. “The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things”. On the other hand, there is little self control when it comes to the mouth of the wicked. Evil words and ideas simply pour out of their mouth, with no wise thought beforehand.  We need to think before we speak.

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