If you’ve been following along with me the last few weeks, you’ll know I’ve been sharing some of my thoughts from the time I recently spent in the book of Proverbs. You can read Part 1 and Part 2 to catch up.
Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
Pride stands in direct opposition to God, and when that connection to God is blocked, how can we receive wisdom from Him? We block it out when we choose to be proud, to our own great detriment. Pride is destruction just waiting to happen.Proverbs 12:18 “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
I am so quick to speak, often without considering the impact of my words. Angry words can’t be stopped once they’re out. Insults, petty jealousies, mindless chatter. They all leave a mark. Guard my tongue; use it for Your purpose.Proverbs 13:4 “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”
It’s all too easy to sit back and want things without putting any kind of plan in place. I’ve definitely been guilty of this lately. But God wants diligence from us. Instead of mindlessly craving without acting, I need to trust God and take each step faithfully.Proverbs 14:15 “The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.”
The world throws so many thoughts and opinions at us. It would be easy to just take it all in. But that is the way of the simple. We need to apply discretion and prudence to our decisions, and that is found only with the Giver of Wisdom. The easy path is to sit back and let things filter in. It’s much harder to apply wisdom. However, in the end, Wisdom is the path of life, and that’s where I want to be.Proverbs 15:13 “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.”
Heartache can be immensely harmful, to you and others. Letting grief fester closes off your heart and makes you useless in God’s service. Joy is one of the greatest things a Christian can give off to the world; it is an immensely attractive force. Properly process your heartache; don’t let it strangle your joy.So, what do you think about these verses? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!