Having survived the storms of life, wisdom will bring us safely down from the high dangers to a secure city of life.  There is time for peace and prosperity when we are established in the peace of God.  You will find good company and good times where you go in wisdom.  You may enter into God’s rest with his guidance.

Proverbs 10:21-32

21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

Words can bring life if they come from an honest heart.  Real wisdom can point to prosperity and safety for many.  But those who ignore wisdom cannot prosper because they don’t understand the source of life.

22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

Wisdom is attached to God and he is the author of it.  All science and human relations are built on his foundations.  To flow with that wisdom that begins with the fear of God builds only good rewards with no regrets.

23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

Does a young driver try to intimidate a senior in the cross walk by zooming too close?  Does a joker meet homeland security because of a smoke bomb prank?  Does hazing in colleges result in injuries or overdoses?  Do gossips smear the innocent in our churches and drive people from hope?  Do bullies provoke suicides or homicides?  Do we need to explain the wisdom that stays far from the making of foolishness, or is it obvious by now?

24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.

If one is stubborn to remain entrenched in evil ways, that trench will be his grave.  The things he fears will always be right behind him in hot pursuit until he falls.  One who has no guilt has no need to look over his shoulder because others will have his back.

25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

What is a tornado but destructive and short lived?  It moves the dust, chaffe, and  tumbleweeds, but the mountain is unmoved.  One who is righteous in the eyes of God can live even in death.

26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

Oh, be a business owner and try to find good workers.  Some founders learn that a partner will not work and they have to buy his share out; they are forced to pay him for doing nothing.  When you delegate a job assignment the lazy ones are far behind the rest of the team, and the product is not delivered.  It burns the employer to see his team penalized by one slow slug.  Or be a commander in battle and find your sentries sleeping…they will soon understand his pain.

27 The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

I am not a man of wisdom by birth.  But I did recognize spiritual events and even open warnings from God going on around me.  The things I feared most were closing in on me.  God became my fear until he offered his Son as my door back to life.  That became my pass to prosperity.  Now I see that even physical health can benefit from just quitting drugs and tobacco to serve God.  A clear conscience gives good health too.  But how much more can life be shortened by crimes that lead to violence?

28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

The hope of salvation survives all the storms of life and even passes through the veil of death.  This life is hard at times but this promise is complete in itself without worldly gain.  And yet even wealthy men are bitter when life is not graced with the love of God.  Guilt is one possession that you can take to the grave with you.

29 The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

We who walk with God have seen a lifetime of assurance that this is the way of life.  God has made wisdom available to everyone, but some have chosen to be evil instead.  For these there is only a destiny with destruction.

30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.

That promise seems to suggest that good people will never be defeated.  Perhaps it means that there will always be some good people here.  But even those righteous souls who face death will also see a greater life after death.  This condition will not bring the unjust back from death, nor will it tolerate their possession of the earth in the end.  Ultimately the cities of the earth will belong to the rest of the righteous.

31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.

If you really want wisdom you can find it by listening to one who is righteous.  Know people who walk in godly honesty and seek their advice.  But people who are boldly rebellious will have a hard end that you won’t want to follow.

32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness

Our nation is coming to an election year and there are candidates who know what it takes to lead with diplomacy and dignity.  And like every election some candidates can only speak offenses and disrespect towards others.  That is the definition of froward and wickedness.  So we can see the people who support this as a preview of the many who will be deceived and turn against God.

Life features trials and dangerous places like the canyons and cliffs along this road.  In the headlights of wisdom we can see the hazards and speed limits of the Salt River Canyon.  Our eyesight reveals danger in the day, but in the night there are hidden dangers.  An unfamiliar place may be more dangerous than the obvious threats though.  Without wisdom there is no safe place in this life.

Before I met God I was ready to drink and drive from party to party.  In the Army I was driving in Missouri on a pitch black night.  Drinking beer motivated stops to relieve my bladder.  In the night I walked to the shoulder and relieved myself.  But I could not hear the stream hit the ground.  I backed away from the shoulder and sat down.  I picked up a rock and threw it in front of me.  It was a few seconds before I heard it hit the ground far below me.  Had I stepped a little more, I myself would have been hitting the ground at the base of that cliff.

There are roads that we know, and we use wisdom to slow down and stay on course.  But there are other roads that we don’t know where we need God’s protection, and a desire for wisdom to survive.  The wisdom of the world is foolish compared to that of God.  Seek his wisdom and that city of rest and security he is preparing for you.