Archive for April 8th, 2019

Proverbs 24:1-9

In Proverbs 24:1-9 Solomon again warns us to be careful of who we hang out with. This is a common and sometimes difficult temptation for the righteous person to avoid. There are times when evil men seem to prosper and we may become envious of them, and then desire to be with them. But Solomon warns us to stay clear. “Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them, for their hearts devise violence, and their lips talk of trouble.” The kind of evil this proverb has in mind is the kind associated with violence and trouble-making. The seemingly quick and easy money and status gained through violence and trouble-making is a temptation to be resisted by all of us who are Christ Followers.

Solomon again reminds us that wisdom is the foundation for building a solid house. We think of the actual material building of a house, and how wisdom, proper engineering and construction are necessary. The same is true of the moral and spiritual values of a home. Values must be built upon wisdom and established through understanding. “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” The blessing of building a home with God’s wisdom, God’s understanding, and God’s knowledge will bring precious and pleasant riches in the spiritual sense and often in the material sense. God’s blessing is on the home that seeks and honors His wisdom.

Not only is wisdom and understanding a great foundation for a home, it also brings great benefit to the individual who pursues and receives it. Solomon understood the strength of wisdom, and how a man of knowledge increases strength. Folly makes a person weak and vulnerable. “A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.” The strength of wisdom isn’t solitary; it understands and relies upon the wisdom of others. It knows how to use the wise counsel of others and the safety of a multitude of counselors.

Is it in reach?  Well, Solomon recognizes and warns that it is a lofty goal to seek wisdom. Often, the fool will be denied influence and a platform of leadership. At the place where the elders gather and decision are made (the gate), the fool will not open his mouth and be heard. “Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth. Whoever plans to do evil will be called a schemer. The devising of folly is sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to mankind.” The evil man who plots his evil will be recognized for the schemer he is – even though, the devising of foolishness is sin, and that evil person will be regarded as an abomination to men.

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