“Is this clear enough, you are disqualified” or “You are fired”! WOW, not the words anyone wants to hear. I would hope that at every track and every job that those words did not just get said without a lot of other ones before that. There are rule books, pre-tech, talked about in the drivers meetings, etc. At the job there was one on ones, probationary evaluations, annual reviews, etc… Think about that as we study together.
Proverbs 13:13 Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.
What do you think about the Bible? Stop and really think about that. If you take the time you spent in the Word this week what would be the conclusion? Do you want to study or do you want someone else to? I hope you want to and that you do seek the Word daily. Oh to get to the place where the Bible is like air. I need it every moment of every day.
Proverbs 13:14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.
Do you want Heaven? DO you want to be wise? When we think of the fountain of life we can think about the movies or story book that talked about that but this is not a story book, it is the Bible, true accounts of God’s history to us. If you want heaven you have to follow the way laid out by God. It is to repent of sin and turn to Jesus as the one and only that can pay for sin.
Proverbs 13:15-17 Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is their ruin. In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly. A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing. Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.
Again we see a clear picture of what God wants and what He does not want and the consequences.
Favor or ruin
Prudent acts with knowledge or fool flaunts his folly
Faithful bring healing or wicked messenger falls into trouble
Bad things happen when you ignore instruction
Whoever heeds reproof is honored
Proverbs 13:18-25A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools. Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good. A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice. Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.
This section talks about desires, being wise, rewards for doing what is right. That is an important sequence. Think with me. We need the right desires in our life. They need to be the desires of the LORD. This will draw us to His wisdom and thinking right, grabbing on to His instruction and living it out. Then God promises reward.
Catch that verse in the middle. What will a good man leave? An inheritance. Now it is unlikely I will leave behind much if any money or things but I do hope to leave a spiritual inheritance not only for my children but for any that would listen or at least that is what I hope to do. It is an honor and privilege to share God’s Word. Don’t miss out on that.
Then God remind us that sometimes things can look great on the outside, in this case the large yield or harvest yet it is swept away by the lack of sense. We can try to cover up things and make ourselves look good but God knows our heart and what our real fruit is. DON’T TRY TO BLUFF GOD. It will not turn out well for you.
Next God tells us discipline is good. In Matthew we are told what church discipline looks like. It needs to be followed much more then it is in most churches. From the leadership down it needs to be practiced.
And finally God talks about being satisfied. I know we have talked about that previously but remember the test of what satisfies – is it money, a job, being the best at something, our relationships, shopping, our kids, time off, etc… or is it the LORD, His Word, prayer, His Spirit, obeying Him? I really hope it is the latter.
So now pick up on those warnings we see here. God continues in Proverbs to show us what He wants and how to live and how not to.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,