There are a number of topics covered in the Proverbs. No doubt, these tiny passages deliver a mighty punch, and give us insight into so many of God’s precepts for humanity. They also give us instruction on how to live more honorably and with greater success in this world…
Some people believe the bible is so old that it is outdated. They say it’s words are “tired,” and have no place in this more sophisticated, “enlightened” society.
Nothing can be further from the truth!
The inspired words of the Lord, from Genesis to Revelation, are certainly ageless, and timeless, but they are never worthless.
The following is a random selection of passages from Proverbs. Read them, drink them in, ponder them. Then, apply them to the current state of society and see what you think. If you do this, you will be doing something that so many of our government leaders and lawmakers have gotten away from, much to Satan’s delight!
So, read and learn more about the mind of our Lord God Almighty. The principles can help you like no other “wisdom” of any earthly type can provide you. Benefit from God’s guidance by knowing and integrating His intelligence into your life!
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. The Lord works out everything for his own ends–even the wicked for a day of disaster. The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear (respect) of the Lord a man avoids evil. ~(V3-6)~
Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice. In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit, and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. ~(V8-9, 18-20)~
From just this handful of verses we learn much. The Lord God is at the center of all things. For those of us who put Him at the center of our lives, we have the greatest of allies and a most powerful friend!
When we consider God’s will in our daily plans, we have the greatest chance of success. For those who seek shameful or unjust gain, we know they will be eternally punished. When we love the Lord with all our heart, mind, and soul, and treat others as we want to be treated, we have the love and mercy of God to forgive our sins.
If we understand that this earth is not our final “home,” and if we learn to be content with what we gain here, we become the blessed of God. If we allow the Almighty to lead us on earth, He will surely reward us in heaven. All we need to do is to put our life and trust in His hands.
Outdated thinking? Certainly not. Irrelevant and empty platitudes? Hardley so. Eternal wisdom which goes well beyond the shameless, shifting wisdom of this world? Absolutely!
Learn God’s mind, apply His pattern to our daily lives, commit yourself unto Him and reap the harvest that His wisdom provides…
-Central Church of Christ