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LIFE IS IN YOUR HANDS AND IN GOD’S SIGHT

Here again Solomon’s wisdom is recorded in the bible to deliver us from painful mistakes.  While the leaders of this world are unaware or rebelling against this wisdom others find life in it.  We can be among those who will live in the Kingdom of God even while the nations are sinking into the sand.  Why would anyone ignore a path to life in a season of destruction?  Look at the world around us and notice how many do.  Be responsible for your own decisions, but ask God to help.

Proverbs 15:12-22 

11 Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

If we know the fear of God we must be aware of his power by the mind of Christ.  Will we be tempted to forget that the God of creation is also the God of our deeds?  Too many have a real relationship with God and still fellowship with darkness.

12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

A scorner may have faith in science (falsely so-called) or philosophy and his life is founded on great mistakes.  Many follow popular immorality into crisis of divorce, strife, and even deadly diseases.  In their destruction they will still refuse to accept a life line from  godly wisdom.

13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

No disease, poverty, or loss can completely snuff the joy of those who know that the God of creation is their friend.  A relationship with God is real and anchors our confidence in the promises of a greater life coming.  Joy is a confidence that does not flee death.  The heart of those who lack hope will plague their life and their dreams.  Sorrow and grief sculpt the face and body with the marks of pain.

14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

There is science that is not false, and it is never too late to learn where there is value in learning.  There is also value in learning the power in the spiritual realm.  Both physical and spiritual learning have value but many claim to have gained all knowledge and disply their ignorance.  The hard lessons of life will continue to reveal their failures.

15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

Who is afflicted but those who have illness, poverty or grief?  We may lose friends or health but there is still hope available in faith in God.  That faith will always be rewarded as God will enter into a relationship of encouragement with the faithful.  There is the unshakable joy of blessed assurance.

16 Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.

We witness men who seek wealth and power without consideration of the welfare of others.  Some have become so criminal that their secrets leak out and bring them to destruction.  Others may live out their lives without being caught but the time is spent watching for judgment.  Man is not the source of judgment, as we often condemn the innocent.  God is the one who sets the balances right in the next life.  There is a next life and that is the place of our real rewards. 

17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. 

Sounds like thanksgiving with a bitter battling family doesn’t it?  Anger and strife will sour your appetite in a hurry.  A modes meal with real friends is good company that makes the food more enjoyable as well.

18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

Hollywood loves to provoke us to go to war over a wound.  We are egged on to protect our “rights” even when God condemns the vengeful.  Consider your response slowly and avoid being found in transgression and being judged in sin by God.

19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

Being lazy will lead you to paths with painful borders that prevent any easy escape.  Planning and hard work are part of righteous life and answers will be easy to find.

20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

Good parents want their children to be safe and prosperous so they give good advice from their experience.  But arrogant children may disrespect the integrity of parents advice and they will pay for this in pain. 

21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

A life of pleasure is a great ride while it lasts, but it never does.  Foolishness will reward one with destruction.  Wisdom is motivated by the fear of God and it produces an honest life and a clear conscience.

22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

To make an impulsive action without good advice is an invitation to disaster.  A good plan will come from seeking out a lot of good advisers.  Good advice can only be founded on the words of this book, so seek out Christian fellowship to confirm your path in life.

Wisdom is a supernatural product.  It opposes our sinful human nature.  We want revenge, self gratification, and pride to lord over our enemies.  Wisdom is when we let God change our nature for one that is superior to nature; supernatural.  You can’t have wisdom without God, so find him first.  Then you will see the truth when the world seems to be blind.

Our leaders, and the nations around us are stripped and naked before the understanding of real wisdom.  Those with weak gods have no true wisdom and they give their enemies ammunition to destroy them with.  Popularity cannot save them from the error of their ways.  A kingdom will rise from the ashes of nations, a kingdom of God that is already among us.  That kingdom has no borders and it’s king owns all the nations.  True wisdom is only found in the mind of Christ.

UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY

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THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY

That was the title of an old Star Trek Movie. It dealt with relating to a former enemy (Klingons) that experienced an economic and technical breakdown and was forced to end a long cold war with the Federation. It was also political commentary on the “end” of the cold war of the 20th century. Now we know that cold war is not all that cold in the 21st century. We have another reality being revealed though. We are discovering that our nation is not as great as we were told. Corruption in the political world is true to the biblical perception. But we have an undiscovered nation of our own. It is time to adopt the wisdom of God and focus on our citizenship in the Kingdom of God. The kingdoms of this world are on a destructive path which the bible revealed many centuries ago. We have a nation of light if we will embrace the Kingdom of God. Here is the wisdom of the new undiscovered nation.

Proverbs 15:1-11

1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

If meeting anger is met with diplomacy and friendship it may depart as an agreement to disagree agreeably. But if fed the venom of contempt it may become explosive with lasting damage.

2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

If we understand the word and mind of God we can build a case on godly reason. But if one has no foundation in wisdom then words are a flood without direction.

3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

No one hides crimes forever because God is all seeing. At the same time an act of kindness will never be hidden from reward. Watch a politician during an election and wait for the dirt to appear in the news media. Then a common citizen rescue an abused pet and his weaknesses are made heroic. God can bring justice even in this life.

4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

There really is no reason to have our words peppered with profanity. It closes doors to some people and shrinks the number of people who want to be close enough to help. But rough language is not as offensive as falsely polite insults. Hate is transparent, and marks you as a host of evil.

5 A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

When your father is gone you will miss the opportunity to be protected by his wisdom. Good parents can’t stop protecting their offspring and their aim is for your survival. This is wisdom that you can inherit as much as you are willing to.

6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

An honest man should expect rewards, but not all are material. There is reward in a clear conscience and in a healthy family. Forgetting these in favor of greed can harvest a world of pain and regret for the unwise.

7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

True wisdom is found in this bible, and has the proof of ages in the lives of real people. Simple common sense is good, but this comes with the help of the author. God helps those who trust him, not those who try to help themselves. We are saved by faith, not works and this is the education we share. To rebel against God is the ultimate foolishness, and there is no science that can repair that.

8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

There is the nature of man, to do good works, but this is offensive to God. Our gifts are worthless without letting God by our hope. We are saved by faith, not works so the prayer is our communion with our only hope. We will receive from God, and then we can do works that truly are good.

9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

There are people in authority in our nation who live by corruption. Our votes are stolen and sold to the wealthy by self serving “public servants”. God knows that our worldly leaders are evil, and he will remove them in his time. God also sees the suffering of the righteous and their losses will be compensated.

10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.

Oh just try to make a suggestion when you see a friend missing the mark! I have gone to church with people who have known God and still prefer the darkness of human nature. We are not to seek revenge or to force our will on others but still many want their political leaders to do just that. By making alliances with the rich, the corrupt and the carnal we will join them in their destruction. Yet the most obvious liars are embraced by people who should know better. If we cannot point to the word of God as direction these will die in their sin. But they will go out raging against the people who try to pull them out of the fire.

LONG OVERDUE

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TRUE SECURITY

You see that I am still on the same path in this bible study.  I didn’t plan this chapter to match today’s headlines but it does.  God knew where were going long ago and offers his word as a demonstration of what happens when we lack wisdom.  This is the opportunity to grab wisdom and change your path before it causes pain.  Our leaders really need it.

Proverbs 14:23-35

23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

Oh King James is still a little obtuse with words that are out of use now.  But it isn’t hard to confirm online or in other translations.  This just says that work pays off but talking leads to poverty.  Today it seems like honest work should pay, but mostly leaves us struggling with poverty.  At the same time the politicians talk endlessly and get rich on our ignorance.  But that contradicts the word of God, so you should expect God to make some adjustments shortly.

24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.

Well prosperity could be a crown, but wisdom is a crown in itself and it is a treasure.  If you are wise you know that is its own reward.  The next wordplay is redundant foolishness because it is self-replicating.  One bad decision rarely turns away from foolishness until it harvests abundant pain and sorrow.

25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.

Our truth is based on a relationship with a living God.  He can answer without our help so we can encourage friends without making rules.  A true witness delivers souls to a real God who gives them the good answers that we can’t.  The world is full of advice, but most is not godly.  Where there is intent to deceive it is more than unwise, it is a hostile lie that leads to death in sin.

26 In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

There is no greater confidence than the Lord and that is wisdom.  He delivers his promise of refuge to those who remember that the fear of God is the source of peace. 

27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Knowing that God’s judgment is eternal it can move us to brave the dangers of life.  But Godly choices make this life better and promise even better rewards to follow.  The life to follow has both great rewards and the most horrible consequences for sin.

28 In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

Even kings needed the support of the people.  When the kings of Israel became tyrants the nation was divided and thrown into wars.  In the modern world elected officials have to reflect the needs of their voters.  When that breaks down the voters gradually become aware of the problems and target the source.  If they find greed and corruption they may find ways to burn those out.

29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

Take time to fully hear out ideas and investigate actions because there may be good reason waiting to be discovered.  Others see the opposite side of events and can fill you in on more details that you might miss.  But a quick temper can lead to quick destruction if you are found to be in the wrong.  Even if you are in the right your friends and enemies may be offended and walk away from your cause.

30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

Understanding your strengths and weaknesses should fortify your efforts in life.  Holding a clean conscience is strength for your work.  But coveting the strength of others disrespects the gifts that God has given you.  There is no victory in feeling inferior and your frame is weakened by envy.

31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

No one openly oppresses the poor today right?  Of course we do read about corporations polluting neighborhoods with industrial poisons at times.  But those corporations may not be breaking the law because they PAID YOUR CONGRESSMEN to make the laws fit their business needs.  And these often PAY NO TAXES to help the employees whose jobs have been sent to China.  Well what will they expect when they take their conservative values to the judgment?  Will they be surprised to find LIBERALS taking their place in heaven?  Surely their $25 offering to benevolence should make the unemployed man feel better right?  Some will find the assets to make these changes and honor God.  But not even with millions of dollars offered to the “charities” that ignore real needs.

32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.

Life is shorter than we think.  The pursuit of evil brings pleasure and enemies who make that pleasure bitter to the end.  Crime will be discovered in time and the guilty are removed.  But those who trust God and do good cannot be defeated even in death.  There is a reward in eternity for those who are obedient in this life.

33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.

Knowing the rewards of wisdom calms our heart against the anxieties of life.  There are answers for the challenges in the knowledge of God.  But fools have no answers for the revelation of their weakness and their failures are public knowledge.

34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

This nation was a new experiment in the wilderness, but stepped in to deliver the nations in two world wars.  There were clear threats and honest wars in those days, clear good and bad.  But we can become a different force if we join evil nations for material gain.  If we displace native populations by violence for land or ignore the evil of allies to gain oil or are we still respected?  Are we the honest people of Abraham Lincoln or the slaves of rich corporate lobbyists?

35 The king’s favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

We have political leaders, but God has placed a king above all kings and presidents.  He pointed out the good that a Samaritan could do, and honors good works even when they come from supposedly evil people.  Those who rebel against God produce much damage to themselves and others.  God has anger for these, but even more for those who bring shame to his name.  Evil done by false Christians will have a special wrath.

ACCOUNTABILITY

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MISPLACED ASSURANCE

We are influenced by our parents, schools, pastors, and our fellow believers.  But are we influenced by prayer, bible verses, and spirit filled men?  Do we compare our beliefs to those in the bible?  This is how we are judged by God.  I often read statements from Christian people that are widely opposite of biblical values.  This new Pope has departed from the Word of god as well.  No one else can guide you except the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We are accountable for our decisions.  We need to hear correction, give reflection, and change direction to avoid being found in the sins that others told us to follow.

Proverbs 14:12-22

12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Everyone is sure they are right, but who sets the standards?  With so many different versions of what is “right” most of them must lead to death.  So these proverbs have pointed out a first step; the fear of God.  This begins wisdom, which is written here and grows through this book, the word of God.  Wisdom is our guide.

13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

Life is real, challenging, and often disappointing, so we inject comic relief.  Sometimes humor is forged by mocking one’s self or other’s weakness.  Humor may cause pain or merely relieve it for a season.  Watching a fool fall into pain is provocation for cruel humor.  There is a season for every purpose, but the joy will end in judgment.

14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

To be lifted out of trouble is good, but temptation always tries to draw us back.  One who chooses to relax and return to sin will have a good time going down.  He won’t need guide or counselor because he knows his way back.  But the righteous man has satisfaction in living without guilt.  Every day dawns as an opportunity to live with honor and joy.  He doesn’t need the celebration of darkness or the company of death.

15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

Wow…it seems like most voters will buy this idea.  They back people who speak with no responsibility for truth whatever.  People on the internet routinely visit a parody website and really believe that it’s a true story.  They reply with shock and share the story with their stupid friends to change their vote too.  Can we listen to both sides and check the fact finders before we yell that the sky is falling?

16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

To obtain wisdom requires the first step: to fear the Lord.  Wisdom moves us away from the one real fear which is God’s wrath.  Give a wide berth to the loose gravel where footing slopes down to the precipice.  But there are still young men who are dying to get a selfie on the cliff.

17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

Anger releases us for rude words, violence, and death.  The judge wants information and the fool gives him bad attitudes that seal his condemnation.  A more subtle man may hide his crimes and point at others but he is trapped in his lies.  The one who builds traps of deception is remembered by his enemies and suffers even more than the rash fool.

18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

I find it amazing that God does not respect persons, even men of science and genius may be considered simple minded by God.  One can be eligible to join Mensa and still be a total fool in the wisdom of God.  Bad choices will still lead to bad results.  Here is the book that will lead those who possess Godly wisdom to life.

19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

There is often justice in this world, where criminals are caught and prosecuted.  The judge and his court sit above the condemned.  At some point the violent are inside the prison gates of the righteous.  But the authority of this book extends to those who escape in this life.  they will bow before those who are righteous in the eyes of God.  He will be the judge and his court is above all men and all false gods.

20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.

Well the homeless are especially unwelcome.  But even those who have homes that are not in perfect repair will hear the rebuke of the self-righteous.  Everyone wants to live next to the pretty mansion where wealth might trickle down to them.  Dream on fools.

21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

So your neighbor’s dog pooped on your lawn and you hate him?  If you have a home, food, income, and friends does this justify calling out the national guard?  Have you done anything to be his friend, or to quietly talk about the issue?  If you hold that anger long enough it will burn a hole in your belly.  Now opening your door to those who are in need is healing.  There is a road to salvation.

22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

Even our nation’s leaders have been known to commit crimes to advance their personal wealth and power.  During these elections allegations of cheating will fly all year long.  Many of those allegations will be true.  But a few will persevere against evil in an effort to be true to their hope.  Those who know the will of God will witness rewards per the promises of God.  Those who are deceived and do not know God’s will are destined to be discovered in their sins.

No man by himself can guide you.  In the end you alone are accountable for your choices, but you are not without guidance.  God is available for prayer.  He sent his Son to live the perfect example recorded in the bible.  He also anointed his believers with the Holy Spirit for godly counsel.  The trinity is the fellowship you have with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  With that balance you have real assurance that no single spirit, doctrine, or person can separate you from the love of god.

CHARTING A COURSE

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WRECK

ROAD MAP

Proverbs are for wisdom and wisdom is for saving you from destruction.  These are part of our bible, which is the representation of God and Yeshua in our world.  His life is the measurement by which life is judged.  If you are going to stand at the judgment, you need a map of the journey of life.  You have been given this map in this book.  At times the map may suggest slowing down for bad conditions; make wise choices.

Proverbs 14:1-11 

1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

I’m sure you don’t expect every woman to be a construction worker.  But you also don’t expect her to be a home wrecker.  How many ways can she tear her house (and her family) down?  Gossip, addictions, adultery, poor stewardship, arguments and strife are a few.  A good woman builds he whole family by good works in material and spiritual ways.  She brings honor to her husband and children by her righteousness.  Men; don’t forget that the church is the bride of Christ.  That means that we men must have the same standards as members of the church.  We should be a good spiritual head of household for our family.

2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.

We can identify those who fear the Lord because his wisdom manifests in their good works.  One who is continually bitter, angry, violent, criminal, or offensive is giving the evidence of hating God.  Eventually even hidden crimes are revealed to identify the enemies of God.

3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

So many fools are convinced of their goodness that they are ready to strike anyone who identifies their sins.  Their words may hurt like being thrashed with a rod.  Wisdom is always diplomatic and one who is slow to anger passes safely through danger with grace.

4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

If you can’t find human weakness you won’t find coworkers of any value.  If you can forgive and cooperate you will find much value in our mortal friends.  Best not treat them like oxen though!  Value those who will join the work and be blind to their flaws.  One might even tolerate the hassle of unions when they are delivering the profits.

5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

Our righteous friends are sure to tell the truth even if they face harm or loss.  An enemy will protect himself by lying every time.  These ways become a pattern that we will come to recognize and learn from.  Eventually many will recognize deceit and turn on it.

6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

Some people are so bitterly against different opinions that they really can’t hear the other person at all.  They have a verdict without evidence, judge, or jury.  Real wisdom often requires some listening and willingness to weigh the information.  Those who seek truth already have some understanding and right answers so not elude them.

7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

If we are too close wrong ideas long enough we may either be tempted to believe or we may be seen as an associate when judgment comes.  We may even have to compare our church to the scriptures to discern deviation from truth.  We have to leave when we become aware of sin.  Don’t drink the cool-aid.

8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

We have prayer, bible study and spiritual companions to show us a safe passage.  Yet it is common for people to reject wisdom and follow deception.  There are so many scams and liars that it becomes easy to be a victim.  This bible warns that many will be deceived.

9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

Well don’t we have a WORLD of mockery today!  I guess the Christians get beat up just a little bit about celibacy, marriage, heterosexuality, and…oh yeah; believing in God!  That last item is the real problem for their critics.  The cost to those mockers is disease, broken relationships, pregnancies, death, and yet…no repentance.  And that last part is their real danger because their God is hurt.  Those who live a righteous life learn to go past abuse and comfort their god by their faith, and he comforts them with his faithfulness.

10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.

You know all about the lifetime of grief that has left you with a few bitter regrets.  You were there and no one else can see or feel the things that formed your sorrows.  There is only one who can witness, and on occasion that God may send a friend who can offer you some comfort.  But they are wise not to try to interfere with foolish joy.

11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

Today in Israel Palestinian terrorists are attacking Jewish citizens with violence.  In return the courts of Israel condemn the homes of these terrorists to demolition.  That is a very literal demonstration, but God is able to achieve this result on his own too.  In both cases the righteous people have made the land prosper and grow.

The bible is the Word, it is the instructions formed of the testimony of God himself.  He lived it in the flesh.  The Word is the life of Jesus with us today.  If we are to be found as pure as the bride of Christ, we must know him by reading him.  Pope Francis denies that Jesus is the only name by which men are saved.  Donald Trump feels no need to involve God in his business or to seek forgiveness.  You will not find life by following the leaders of the world.  Jesus is the Word; your bibles are to be read, not collected.  Decisions are your responsibility, not your president’s or your pastor’s.

INHERITANCE

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UPLIFTING

I was blessed to get help from my Father, and to have skills that let me win three patents for new aircraft designs.  I had funds to get started and time to find markets.  Six years later I am again looking at poverty in spite of many hours of hard work.  Sure, Social Security pads my landing, and I do have a home paid for.  But I still need to see a business grow or go find a job.  Every election promises jobs and good times, but where are they?

Proverbs 13:17-25

17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

An evil person can bring any number of bad messages.  A false accusation is common, as are slander and gossip.  These can also be tools in an election, but they backfire when caught.  An ambassador is one who has the sense to be polite and truthful.  These are less common in politics and are especially appreciated when they do appear.

18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

If you drop out of school, what do you expect?  Against good counsel I got only part of a college education.  I had advantages, and now I have only a skill that no one is buying.  I may overcome this in time, but those with the credentials get more done at an earlier time in their life.  Your senior years should bring you honor for getting things done that the world needs.  Don’t settle for Social Security and a senior home.

19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

To achieve a great goal is rewarded with great satisfaction.  Goals, strategies, hard work and patience yield real rewards.  But Evil plots, crime, and violence are like an addiction that stupidity cannot withdraw from.

20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

This I do know; I know people who are not my role models.  I can work with them, eat with them, and spend time with them.  But I need to spend time with people who understand my faith in God to encourage me.  Weekly meetings at church are not as good as when I can have more Christian friends.  But that time of fellowship is necessary, and I savor it.  If I had only unbelievers around me I would be tempted to drift off course with them.  bible study and prayer are my allies with Christian fellowship.  these are the Holy Trinity.

21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.

Seriously evil men have to look over their shoulders constantly for the enforcers.  Less serious offenders have to expect their words to trap them in a lie.  Something is always waiting to deliver cheaters to the judge.  Those who work to help others, and avoid hurting others by crime or sin have rewards in a clear conscience and blessings from God.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of this wisdom because we know that he sees us in action.  Belief builds prosperity.

22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

My motivation to prosper in business is to pass on the comforts that my father left for me.  With God’s blessing I may yet be remembered as a good man.  If we live for greed and sin against man and God we should expect to lose what we have to other men.  How fitting that God has declared that such spoils will land in the ownership of righteous men after the sinner is gone.

23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

I am amazed at how rural people can stretch funds with gardening and hunting.  But even city people can often live well enough on limited means.  There are aid programs, shelters, and services  for the creative people.  We can learn from life and be contented with a little judgment.  Without some common sense even lottery winners can release a lot of assets in a short time.  Those who have enough to live can still find destruction by seeking entertainment, sex and drugs.  Sin offers many doors to hell.

24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

If you are a good parent, you want to see your children live well.  You cannot let them eat poison or play in the street, even they may want to try everything.  If they try to go around you then you will have to pain them to restrain them.  You will use the rod often to repeat the lesson for memory.  If you do not have this enforcement you hate your children enough to let them die in their sins.

25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want. 

Well my dog and I eat very well out here in the country.  Does that prove that I am righteous?  There is also the “bread of life” which is the wisdom of the bible.  We also need the nourishment of godly wisdom to satisfy our soul.  The rebellious people may be fat, but their soul is lacking a key spiritual nutrient.  Our nation is seeing a time when the wealthy hoard the prosperity and the power of what was once a democracy.  This has happened in the past, and the Bible demonstrates how God leaves a hunger in the greedy.

There is an adjustment that favors those homeless people who cry out to him.  The meek shall inherit the earth.

 

 

RAGS TO RICHES

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THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD

As a Christian most of my beliefs point me towards conservative values.  When I was deprived of work and lost unemployment benefits I might have faced real poverty.  Was I “lazy” because I needed help?  I was able to move to Arizona and live with my father.  Walking on the trails and seeing how others had to live was revealing.  Sadly a lot of people do not make it, and we must notice jobs moving overseas.  There are also hard working people who can’t pay their bills.  God had to warn Israel against taking advantage of their own people.  Are we better than Israel to be exempt from the judgment of God?

Proverbs 13:9-16

9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

Light is vision and it is the revelation of good and bad things in our path.  This book of wisdom is a spiritual light and it gives life and light to the righteous.  Only God can make us righteous, and this light is not available to evil men.  Those who descend into wicked ways will stumble in darkness.

10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Humility generates peace while pride cannot consider another opinion.  Pride doesn’t listen to the other side, and forces itself on others.  A good fair hearing is wisdom and may even learn another way to a good end.

11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Vanity is pride in one’s appearance, abilities, or talents.  The beautiful people of Hollywood might be an example.  There are other ways that produce wealth quickly and these may all encourage flashy spending to go with a flashy reputation.  Perhaps popularity provokes one to pay to keep the party going.  It seems to be a lot harder to save money on an hourly job, but those earnings may include more appreciation of value.

12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Oh how we wish there was a great leader for our nation.  So we try a new leader and endure another eight years of bickering and battles with congress.  Will we ever see an end to the corruption in our government?  Since the kings of Israel nations have sought their great hope.  For a season it was King David, but he too sinned.  There was finally a son of David who is the king of kings.  He is the great branch, our tree of life.  He is coming back soon.

13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

In times like these we can see people who are at peace, who are calm in the storm.  Those who trust science are angered by those of simple faith in God.  Many people defy the laws of God and refuse to repent.  Without the redemption of Jesus they are as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.  They are waiting for the fire of the end times unless they hear the invitation of Jesus.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and he saves his people.

14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Simple honesty is rewarding, and kindness is a great testimony.  With the acceptance of salvation comes the mind of Christ as well.  Our desire to do good is multiplied by the gifts of God to deliver us from the traps of evil.

15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

Daniel was in serious trouble.  His nation was defeated by the Babylonians, and he was a prisoner of war.  Remembering the example of Joseph may have helped.  Joseph, a convicted sex offender, had become the prime minister of Egypt.  Daniel by good understanding did the same in Babylon.  Those who rebelled against Babylon were punished harshly.  Perhaps there are times when we should obey god and king to produce good works ourselves.

16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

If we have knowledge of good and evil we should work to promote the good.  We should step up to testify against evil.  We should refuse to join the works of darkness.  But some will always take a bribe, embrace a temptation, or cheat their way to power.  That power is a house of cards that God will blow away.

We have watched kings come and go without making the changes that declare greatness.  Both sides of our arguments are corrupt, and few dare to speak up.  At times those whistleblowers themselves are blown away.  God is patient to watch men rob their neighbors until they expose their own crimes.  Then there is an end to all of this.  When a man receives faith in Jesus, he is transformed, and his poverty becomes treasure in heaven.  His earthly tent becomes a mansion in the Kingdom of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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