Proverbs 12:8 – Good Sense

A person is praised according to their prudence, but one with a warped mind is despised – Proverbs 12:8

Some places where this is discussed in Proverbs:

Proverbs 12:5, 11:23, 28.

My thoughts.

We all like a good laugh over silly behaviour but when it comes to real life decisions, even the world seeks for wisdom. When money, reputation, or family is on the line, no Festival of Colors, Spanish Fork, UTone likes a bad decision maker in their life. In this proverb we see the prudent is a compared with a warped mind. Life is no laughing matter. It is fleeting and good sense is in order to properly spend time here. Let’s pray to God for him to make us all people of prudence.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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The Importance of a Good Wife – Proverbs 12:4

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones. – Proverbs 12:4

A husband may not be responsible for his wife’s actions, but he certainly is seen differently by others in light of her reputation and character. It is a great joy to see a married couple who work together, who highlight the strengths of their spouse and resolve issues well. This proverb speaks of the importance of a good wife and stresses that her character is crucial.

If you were to list what your idea of a good wife would be, what would you mention? The Bible provides a list in Proverbs 31 for us, and I’ll paraphrase some of the things mentioned. Check out the full list here in Proverbs 31:10-31 (the link goes to Bible Gateway). Do these characteristics match up with what you have in mind for a good wife?

  • Her husband trusts her and her actions. (vs. 11)
  • She does good, not evil. (vs.12)
  • She purchases materials and makes clothes. (vs.13)
  • She is an early riser in order to serve he family. (vs.15)
  • She is a profitable land investor. (vs. 16)
  • She has strong arms. (vs.17)
  • She cares for poor and needy people. (vs.20)
  • Her actions help make her husband famous. (vs. 23)
  • She speaks with wisdom and kindness. (vs.26)
  • She fears the LORD. (vs.30)
  • Her deeds are praised. (vs. 31)

Does anything in this list make you uneasy? I’m slightly scared of this type of woman! Surely only men are supposed to strengthen their arms? However King Lemuel, the writer of Proverbs 31, and highly influenced by his mother, thought differently (“The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him:” – Proverbs 31:1).
Unlike our world’s idea of a wife having a demeaning role in the home and in society, Proverbs portrays an extremely positive and powerful picture of a married woman who is godly and wise. This woman has strength in many areas. She supports her husband’s work and makes him the talk of the town. People assess her, nudge the lucky husband, and say, “You did well with her, buddy! (or say it under Facebook pics of her!)”
The proverb we are looking at in 12:4 speaks of this type of woman crowning the head of her husband. This crowning seems to speak of honour, headship, and glory – all things that lift up the husband in the eyes of his community. He is truly blessed 2334811445_29e4083a9c to have such a wonderful wife, who supports him and doesn’t supplant his authority. The opposite type of woman mentioned has intent to cause unrest and pain to her husband. Her actions bring his status among the community into disrepute, since, as the argument goes, what wise man would have married her? A man whose wife constantly makes unwise and spiteful decisions will find his efforts to get anywhere in life severely held up. The proverb speaks of the shameful wife rotting her spouse’s bones. He is hampered in his efforts to flourish in life.
In a world where self-purpose is all important this ideal stands in clear contrast. This excellent wife is satisfied with bringing about God’s and her husband’s glory by excelling in all things in her area of service.
I certainly want to seek such a woman for marriage; as of October, 2013, I’ve yet to marry.
What can we learn from this?
One thing we learn at least is the importance of whom we choose to marry. They will be our closest companion and will help us in our work/ministry. If our spouses seek to be destructive it will be easy as pie for them to bring us down. Your spouse will know you better than anyone else. If, however, they are godly and servant-hearted, your spouse will know how best to serve you. Choose wisely. Peace be with you.

Thanks for reading! – Pedrozki (Pete)

More Reading:

Proverbs speaks of this topic elsewhere: Proverbs 18:2
I’ve written about a similar passage here: Guaranteeing, Honour, and Forgiveness – Proverbs 11:15-17 (verse 16)

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Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is either the New King James Version or New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

Main image courtesy of Kwadwo Kwarte and the “More Reading” image is courtesy of Vermont Historical Society / Flickr – Creative Commons

Are You Living Like a Fool? – Proverbs 11:29

He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind,

And the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.” – Proverbs 11:29

A household that is disjointed and divided against itself can’t function well, as Jesus Himself said, and the first part of this proverb seems to have a similar message.

A member of a household who brings down his family, either through wasteful use of assets, or through causing relational rifts between their parents or children, is shooting themselves in the foot.

How can someone expect good outcomes out of bringing trouble to the people who rely on you to either lead the family or to carry on their legacy?

The problem is that when someone goes down this path, they may not realise how much longer and more effort it will take to restore relations or assets back to where they were.

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His inheritance might end up being separate from family, with little hope of reunion. He might end up desolate on the streets, like in the story of the prodigal son.

Going on from there, more is said here on how unwise living can bring disaster to one’s life.

The fool is the person who has refused good teaching and has chosen instead the wisdom of men as a guide for his life. They have made decisions focused on their well-being, with little regard to others, and have accrued problems for themselves.

Proverbs tends to use extremes, and here we are told that the fool will serve the wise.

Proverbs aren’t to be taken as hard and fast rules, but rather general principles for life, and here we have indications that the wise of heart are fit for being in charge. The foolish person doesn’t stand much of a chance against them, and because of their choices in life finds themselves under their rule. Is this always the case? No, but if we live like fools, we’re asking for problems like these.

Now, what can we learn as Christians?

We are responsible for our attitude and actions in life. What we place priority on we grow in. If we seek in Christ to grow in holiness and to build up and love those around us, we can grow. It is actually the role of the disciple to seek Christ and to reach out to others with Christ.

Jesus’ last words to His disciples in the book of Matthew speak to this, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 )

-Thanks for reading! – Pedrozki (Pete)

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a mentor commentary by John A.Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

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Who’s Your God? – Proverbs 11:28

He who trusts in his riches will fall,

But the righteous will flourish like foliage.” – Proverbs 11:28

Have you ever said to God, “You stink as ruler of me! I’m off to find a god who’ll do a better job!”?

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Even if you or I have never uttered such gross dishonour, it’s very possible we live our lives like that.

Idolatry takes many forms, but ultimately it’s the act of dethroning God from His rightful place as Lord in our lives, substituting Him with family, wealth, sport, idols, or anything.

The man who trusts in his riches is relying on God’s gift to him, rather than on God.

Money is like a vapour that slips through our fingers without warning, and it’s foolish to rely on such a temporal thing.

Sooner or later this god will fail to provide when the idolator most relies on it, and their fall will be great and destructive to their lives.

The righteous man is one who acknowledges the LORD as ruler of the world and his life, and seeks to rely soley on him.

His roots are firmly planted, and he will flourish like a plant in this world and the one to come.

Now, what can we learn as Christians?

Security is not found in a Crim-safe™ security door, or in income-protection insurance, but in God, and in Him we can trust, grow, and have our being.

Jesus Christ uses a very memorable parable to highlight how people must obey his words and live for Him, the Creator and Saviour of their souls. Read it here in Matthew 7:24-27.

Idolatry is not just wholly evil, it’s an utterly hopeless and dumb effort to ignore God.

 Thanks for reading! – Pedrozki (Pete)

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John A.Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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The Proverbs of Solomon. – On Proverbs 10:1-3

Pre-post Pointer:

The last 9 chapters of Proverbs have been intense, and they have probably been hard going for most of us. We have been brought through Solomon’s teaching to obey fathers, seek wisdom, flee immorality, avoid evildoers, and fear God, all in detailed form. That is the part of Proverbs that mostly gets ignored when we search for a quote from this book. We are much more familiar with most of the rest of Proverbs, I dare say. As you can see, this is why I chose to go through this book as it reads. This way we don’t leave out the hard or intriguing bits!

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Chapter 10 starts with all that’s familiar from Proverbs, and that’s the sayings. You know, Solomon’s little sayings that are logical and that present both sides of the coin, both for the wise and foolish, the righteous and wicked, the prudent and lazy, and so on. They are both frustratingly black and white and wondrously powerful. Having had the charge to seek wisdom and flee sin from the first 9 chapters, lets read and wrestle with these sayings with God’s help.

 

1 The Proverbs of Solomon: a wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother.”

 

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Let’s consider this Solomon’s catchphrase. Godly parents want their children to be godly themselves, and so when that is the result of their hard work and prayers, they rejoice. If their children are steadfastly disobedient and unwise, they will grieve over them as wasted time and tears. It’s not always the parents’ fault when their child is unrepentant, but they will feel responsible, nonetheless. It is a parent’s role to teach their child the fear of God and way of obedience, yet it is the role of the child to obey his or her parents. They are similarly responsible.

 

2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death.”

 

What are the blessings of wickedness? Diddly Squat. Living a sinful life does not profit in the long run. This is because God is holy, and since He gives life, living in evilness is rejecting our Maker and only accepting His blessings. This may seem to work here in this life, but God will judge us after this life, and condemn the unrepentant to Hell, where there are none of His blessings, only cursing. When God sees instead sees a repentant man clothed in righteousness, the man will be safe from that fate.

 

3 The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but He casts away the desire of the wicked.”

 

Our desires say a lot about us. They show where are hearts are at, and God notices. The man who seeks God and wants wisdom will be blessed by Him. The man who seeks his own ends and forgets God will not get aid from Him. God is always involved in this world. The whole Bible is clear on that. What we do has an impact on how God treats us. We couldn’t expect anything else. We need to rely fully on the grace God provides through Jesus if we ever expect to be seen as righteous. Amen.

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Thoughts or questions? Write them down in the comment section below!

 

Note: All scripture is taken from Biblestudytools.com and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.