“The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.”
The words we say speak volumes about the state of our heart.
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
If we speak wisely, others may see the Righteousness of God within us.
If we speak foolishly, others may see the lack of Wisdom within us.
What do we desire for others to see in us by our words?
To be seen of others is indeed very foolish.
“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.”
To allow the Word to speak for you is the wisest way to live.
“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”
Shine the Light of Wisdom to those around you today through your Words.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Isaiah 19-20 | Romans 2 | Proverbs 20
“The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.”
As God’s children, our relationship with Him can never change. Once we place our faith in Christ, we become adopted into the family of God.
Nothing can separate us from His love.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
No one can pluck us out of His hand.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.”
We are sealed in Him.
“That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
When God does something, He does it for eternity.
“I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.”
If you have ever doubted your salvation, make sure of it today. God tells us that we can know for sure, so there is no need to doubt.
His Word tells us we can know.
1 John 5:11-13
“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
Wisdom is permanent.
Isaiah 17-18 | Romans 1 | Proverbs 19
“As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.”
God has sent us with a purpose to fulfill…His purpose for our lives. When we are sluggish or lazy in our pursuit of His purpose, we displease Him. We must press on and delight in Him as we reap the benefits that can be found in following the Lord.
“The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.”
The Lord preserves those that fear Him. Remember this is where wisdom begins. Until we have a right view of Who God is, we cannot live in wisdom.
“The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.”
We can find joy as we hope in the Lord. His timing may seem inconvenient, but His timing is always right. Trust in Him today to carry you through the trial you are facing.
“The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.”
When we walk with the Lord, He gives us strength as we yield ourselves and our weaknesses to Him. The Way of the Lord is found in the Word. We must read and heed to what He has to say each and everyday that we live.
Preservation, hope, joy, strength…these are just a few of the benefits that God bestows upon His children. Abide in His love today and every day.
Isaiah 15-16 | Revelation 22 | Proverbs 18
“The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
The unsearchable riches of Christ are given unto us by the grace of God.
“It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.”
Wisdom helps us to avoid sin, and restrain ourselves from even the appearance of evil.
“The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.”
As we desire God’s will for our lives, He will give them to us. As we delight in Him, He changes our own will to desire whatever He has for us.
“As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.”
We must build our house upon the Rock of our Salvation. With Christ as our Foundation, we are safe and secure in Him forever.
We must wisely choose Christ in everything that we do. When He is at the center of our lives, He will work everything for our good and His glory.
Isaiah 13-14 | Revelation 21 | Proverbs 17
“He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise."
The more words we speak, the greater the probability of finding ourselves in sin; therefore, it is wise to keep our mouths closed.
“The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.”
What are your words worth? The words we speak show the state of our hearts.
The wise are careful with each word that the utter. We must be aware of the effect the words we speak have on our testimony.
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
It is wise for our words to revolve around the Word of God.
Isaiah 11-12 | Revelation 20 | Proverbs 16
What are you laying up in store today for the future? Every day we make a choice whether to live in the past, to live for today or to live in light of eternity.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
The things on earth we invest in will only last for a season, but when we invest in heavenly things the rewards will last forever. It is possible to invest in good things on earth that still have only temporal rewards.
How are you investing your time?
How are you investing your talent?
How are you investing your treasure?
God sees not only what we are investing in, but also how we go about doing so. He sees our motives, even when we think no one is watching.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
Seek to sow wisely today, so that you can reap eternal rewards to lay at the Saviour’s feet.
Isaiah 9-10 | Revelation 19 | Proverbs 15
“In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.”
Those that have Wisdom, will speak about Wisdom.
Those that have Jesus, will speak about Him. Unashamed.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Our words should speak of Christ.
Our works should speak of Christ.
As children of God, everything we do should give Christ the glory He alone deserves.
If we do not speak of Christ, how will others hear about Him? It is our responsibility to tell them.
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Those that do not receive Him, are void of understanding.
Several times in the Old Testament, a rod is a picture of the Word of God. Moses held the Rod as God parted the Red Sea. In Psalm 23, David spoke of the comfort that the Rod of God brings.
The Word of God warns us of the punishment that awaits those who choose to reject the Gospel of Christ and His free Gift of salvation. God will speak and condemn their eternal fate before He casts them into the Lake of Fire.
“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
We must speak the Truth of the Word of God in love as we seek to warn those who are void of understanding before it is eternally too late.
Isaiah 7-8 | Revelation 18 | Proverbs 14
“The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.”
Those with Wisdom in their hearts love the Word of God, but those who love their own words shall stumble in their sin.
“He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.”
When we walk with the Lord, we are safe and secure in Him, but those that falsely portray themselves to be Christian will be revealed in due time.
“He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.”
We must be cautious of those around us whose goal is to deceive, and those who talk rather than walk.
“The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.”
When we speak about the Wisdom of the Word, we show life to those around us, but with the words of wicked is destruction.
“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.”
The words we speak make a difference. Speak the Word in love today.
Isaiah 5-6 | Revelation 17 | Proverbs 13
“The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.”
God offers His Word to feed the hungry souls of His children, yet He casts away that of the wicked.
“He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”
God does not reward laziness, but He offers abundant blessings to those who work diligently for His cause.
“He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.”
God desires us to work while we have the ability and time to do so, for the time will come when we will have no more opportunities.
“Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.”
Every blessing we possess is because of Christ, and those without Him will have no excuse for the future that awaits them.
“The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.”
We all must die, but the legacy we leave is of our choosing.
Isaiah 3-4 | Revelation 16 | Proverbs 12
We now begin our study on the second part of the Book of Proverbs. Over the next several chapters we find verse after verse that are a distich or couplet which contain two separate lines to make up one statement. These often have parallelisms so that feature a two opposing thoughts, many of which feature the familiar comparison of the wise and the foolish. There is something in each comparison that the Lord has for us to learn.
“The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.”
Which do we desire to bring to our parents? Gladness or heaviness? Make the choice today to seek the Wisdom of God through His Word.
“Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.”
If we live for the treasures of this world, we will not find happiness or anything worthwhile for more than a season. The treasures we lay up on this earth will end up corrupted, for they are not eternal.
There is no one righteous on their own. The righteousness that is found in Jesus Christ is our only hope. He is that Gift of God that brings us eternal life and delivers us from the death we deserve.
Take time to carefully observe the Truth within each contrast of the Proverbs and compare that which is wise and that which is foolish. Ask the Lord to speak to your heart and show you something new that you can apply to your life as you walk with Him.
Isaiah 1-2 | Revelation 15 | Proverbs 11
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