Proverbs 27:1-5

In Proverbs 27:1-5 Solomon begins by reminding us that we don’t have control of the future. He doesn’t say we shouldn’t plan and be prepared, but specifically that we should not boast about it thinking that we control what happens and can manage it. It is human nature to be overly confident in what future days hold. It is easy to boast about tomorrow, especially with our modern arrogance of continual progress. “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Plainly put, we don’t know what tomorrow may hold, so we should have a humble attitude towards the future and let God be God. Ross wrote ” The verse is not ruling out wise planning for the future, only one’s overconfident sense of ability to control the future—and no one can presume on God’s future.”

We need to not spend our time bragging on ourselves, but rather earn the praise of others. It really doesn’t mean much when we write our own press story. We should stay away from self-promotion in its many forms. Modern technology gives us many more methods and opportunities to praise ourselves, but we should avoid such self-praise. Social media makes it easy to focus on self and paint your own larger than life story. “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” Honor means much more when it comes from an outside source, even a stranger than being the product of self-praise and self-promotion.

Solomon returns to warning about a fool and his efforts to draw us into conflict. They see it as a game and something to win. Solomon appealed to self-evident truths. It is in the nature of a stone to be heavy and in the nature of sand to be weighty. When a fool – someone who rejects God’s wisdom – expresses their anger and wrath, it is a weighty, dangerous thing. The wrath of any person may have great consequence but that is even more true for a fool? “A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both. Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?”

He ends this section with a hard truth – that we need to be open and honest with one another even if it means that we must rebuke one another. No one likes conflict, but sometimes it is important. Many are hesitant to rebuke others, especially others in God’s family. But there is a time and place where rebuke is not only good but it is better than the alternative. “Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.” Love does little good when it is concealed. The honest love of an open rebuke can be much better than the carefully concealed love. And true friends will always call attention to things that need change in the life of those they love.

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