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.
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.