I had a sad thing happen the other day. We decided we really needed a couple more shirts and hats and we went to call Jake. The number was down. I tried his web site and it was down too. After a couple more failed attempts I googled his name and there was sadness on my heart as I read of his passing. I thought to myself, “sad that someone dies and we don’t even know it. We never had those last words shared.” It also reminded me how important it is to stay connected and to share those eternal words because we don’t know the last time we are going to see anyone on earth.
Are you a whoever?
At our house often the person named nobody does things. Something will happen and we will ask the kids and it is determined that nobody is up to his old tricks. Chapter 12 has 6 whoever’s. Let’s look at a few of them.
Proverbs 12:10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
We are back to the echo of righteous. God is good to talk about the righteous 87 times. Yes, you heard that right, 87 times. Do you think He wants us to understand what righteousness will look like? I think so and I think we should be studying that out and living it out. In a way this verse can remind us how every life has value from conception to death and should not be ended.
Proverbs 12:11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
Here the echo is on work. You can have bread or lack sense. More than that, what did you pursuit this week.
Proverbs 12:12 Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers, but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
Whoever can be on the good side or on the wicked side but here is what we see in these verses so far:
Righteous = regard for life; works hard; bears fruit
Wicked = cruel; worthless pursuits and lacks sense; covets spoils
Which ones drive you?
Proverbs 12:13-14 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble. From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.
What satisfies you? What brings you happiness and joy? Is it good or is it sin? I admit that more often than I would like to admit it is sin that makes me feel good. Let’s work on this together to get victory over sin
Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
How do you go to for advice? Who do you ask for guidance and help to discern? I hope the LORD first but we are put together to help each other in the church. We need to go to the godly and search their wisdom and understanding.
Proverbs 12:16-17 The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult. Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit. There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
On the other side of the last statement and question is, are you one we can go to for the truth, for wisdom and understanding? Do you have discernment? What a powerful thing to be known for –truthful and truth seeker.
Also notice the use of a sword. Here it is in a way that causes harm. We have seen and see in other places of the Bible that the Word is the Sword and used for good. Our words and our mouth can be used for good or evil, to build up or tear down. What did your words do this week? What kind of sword did you use this week?
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine. I look forward to seeing you soon at a local race track.