January 1, 2019
Back when I wrote my blog about Proverbs Chapter One, I put this in there… “The definition of proverb is this, a general truth or piece of advice.” A piece of advice… the book of Proverbs isn’t for anyone to read, the book is compiled of knowledge and wisdom to be closer to God. By doing and living the way that He wants us to.
When reading through Proverbs, it seems as if the author repeats himself a few times… is that an accident? Of course not! We as humans, or at least me, we need to hear things a few times before it sticks, before it sinks in and we apply it to our life.
The aspects that this chapter drills down on that aren’t of God deal with deception, being foolish, not caring for the poor and needy, quick-tempered, and greedy, to name a few.
But what stood out to me are the verses that speak about being “upright.” So what does upright mean, what does it imply? It is “strictly honorable or honest.”
Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways. Proverbs 14:2. Meaning… giving Christ our all, being complete obedient.
Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright. Proverbs 14:9. Meaning… having compassion and kindness.
The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish. Proverbs 14:11. I love the terms used, the “house” of the wicked and the “tent” of the upright… based on things that we can read in the Bible, and things we see around us, usually the people of God have less than the other side. But if we are with God and He is our foundation, that should be all that matters. We shouldn’t be looking for material things, social status, or anything earthly, because that’s usually the “wicked” that get confused between it all.
Again, the book of Proverbs isn’t a feel good read, it’s not for mere pleasure. We read it, or should read it, to base our life on it, to use it for life decisions. It’s a heavy hitter, but that’s what God expects and even demands from us if we are to be called sons and daughters of His. Christ wants all of us… one hundred percent, or none of us…