It is the off season for local racers which means it is banquet season too. It is neat to watch the crowning of champions and hear their speeches and see them receive their trophies. The Bible talks quite a bit about crowns and in the next few verses we see it a few times.

Proverbs 14:18-21 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous. The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, but the rich has many friends. Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
We see the contrast again. See who the crown goes too? The prudent. Verse 21 is a good reminder at this time of year. We are to be generous to the poor. We too often will buy gifts for those that have instead of those that do not have. Would you really think about that this year? There are many ways to give to the poor and many great ministries but please be careful that they really are using the money the way you want the giving to be used.

Proverbs 14:22 Do they not go astray who devise evil? Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness. 
What do you devise? Not what you justify! Stop and really think about that. We are really good about justifying our own thinking and actions. I’m right is the theme most of us live by. What would happen if we really measured it against God’s Word? Even better or more important is what would happen if God measured it in His truth? What would really be found faithful and steadfast in love?

Proverbs 14:23 In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.
Think about this. It is a good quick, simple reminder. Work is good. Straining is worth the effort. Be careful if you find yourself talking a lot especially as above, to justify your work or lack of work.

Proverbs 14:24 The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the folly of fools brings folly.
Remember the many verses that we have studied on wisdom. It is of profit, of wealth, true value but folly and foolishness the opposite. So as we talked earlier, do you have the crown spoken of here?

Proverbs 14:25 A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.
This is a serious problem I see all around. This world is full of lies and deceit. Oh to have the LORD move and reveal, expose the lies. It would change everything. Here is the challenge I give to you – forget about exposing others lies. Ask God to “expose my lies. If there is any deception in my life and words convict me dear holy God”. Seriously consider this.

Proverbs 14:26-27 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.
We are back to the beginning (get itJ). Seriously, we are to the cornerstone, the foundation and key element, paradigm. If we miss the fear of the LORD in our life we miss everything. Go back and read some of the other statements surrounding this vital discipline. Look at what we find here – we get our confidence and a refuge; a fountain of life. The fear of the LORD helps us to turn away, to repent. Stop and really think about that. If we truly want to grow in the LORD and develop a strong, eternal value relationship with God we have to live a repenting filled life and we have to have a fear, an accurate view of the fear of the LORD.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,