~ Proverbs 17 ~ The Goldmine of Spiritual Wisdom ~
~ Proverbs 17 The Goldmine of Spiritual Wisdom ~
King Solomon wrote these exceptionally brilliant, wise, wonderful, sometimes witty, discerning and perceptive Proverbs! They are full of deep spiritual insight, heartwarming, sometimes ambiguous words of wisdom! In these marvelous Proverbs you will find guidelines for daily righteous living. Although the words are ancient in origin the principles actually transcend time! They were applicable then, just as they are now! Proverbs are short wise pithy sayings! They focus on God and teach us how to draw closer to Him by embracing His principles for life and living. Proverbs teaches us that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and knowledge.” Proverbs 1.
Proverbs is an excellent collection of spiritual nuggets! Wisdom is the principle thing in life! It is what you call “good doctrine!” They are not inflexible laws, but wise observations and godly wisdom to be shared. We as Christians need sound godly counsel! When we study and apply the principles of the Proverbs we have a much better chance of living a happier, richer, fuller, well rounded and God centered life!
Proverbs contains a great spiritual treasure of wisdom for raising a healthy family! Our children need to learn how to behave in all situations! They need to learn how to develop and implement healthy boundaries! Why or how is that? Well, what is so interesting; Children learn much more by what they see us do rather than what we say! This is why it is important to model good behavior! We must not talk right and walk left! No matter how old we get, God sees us all as children. I often view life as “kindergarten!” This reminds me of our constant ongoing need to learn and grow spiritually! The more we learn, you will find that there is always so much more, we need to know! Children live in a world of exploration! They constantly and avidly seek something to discover and or learn in life! Children in general usually seek the approval of their parents! As God’s children there are times we must just learn to “Be STILL and KNOW!” To be quiet and listen! Adults can learn a lot from observing children as well as these wise Proverbs of Solomon!
King Solomon praised the Lord and prayed for his people. When he dedicated the Temple he built in honor of God, he stood before the altar in front an assembly of Israel. He prayed “O, Lord God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below – you keep your covenant of LOVE with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it as it is today. Now Lord, God of Israel, keep your servant David my father the promises you made to him when you said, ‘You shall never fail to have a man sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons are careful in all they do to walk before Me as you have done. And now, O God of Israel, let Your Word that You promised Your servant David my father come true…” I Kings 8. It was some 480 years after the children of Israel escaped out of Egypt that the building of the Temple took place.
During all this time God continues to be with them. The Temple was a place for them to gather together and worship God! King Solomon realized that no matter how grand or magnificent; and it was certainly grand, there was not a place that could be built that could possibly contain God! It took over seven years to build containing; precious metals of gold, silver, bronze and fine cedar it truly was a beautiful sight. It contained the finest beautifully ornate materials and housed the sacred “Ark of the covenant, in the inner sanctuary.” He used the finest expert craftsman. He chose only the best! It was a monumental memorial to Almighty God! Yet it also illustrated Solomon’s ability to rule his people and execute his well planned endeavors to build an extraordinary Temple for the Lord! Remember Solomon was the richest and wisest man to ever live!
Looking for some wonderful godly advice? Proverbs is the place to camp! If you are going through some life challenges or just in need of a “pick me up” you have found a great place! We can also learn what happened when King Solomon did not listen to God! He shares openly and candidly, here we can learn both wisdom and folly from this wise man! We can all benefit from his multiplicity of experiences! Take your time and take notes! Go through the entire Proverbs in the Bible! You will learn so much more, I have only begun to touch the surface here. I hope you are enjoying these Proverbs as I continue to do so as well! There is a wealth of wisdom, an endless resourceful Goldmine of spiritual treasures! All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are found in Jesus Christ here in the Proverbs only some of them are discussed! There is so much more throughout God's WORD…
~ Proverbs 17 ~
Proverbial Lesson Highlights!
Silver & Gold Purified
The processes in which silver and gold are refined by takes intense heat! The process requires that the unrefined metals are melted down in a furnace of extreme temperatures! It is during this process that the impurities surface and are then removed! As Christians we experience trials during the course of life. When we go through them focusing on the Lord we will come through them better people with stronger character and integrity! Our Hope should always be in the Lord! God Always Keeps ALL His promises! “He will never leave nor forsake you.”
Like silver and gold, our trials will refine us! Our Faith, trust and belief in God will become stronger! God will purify our hearts when we submit to His will and way as we go through! “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.” Peter tells us why our tests come: “These have come so that your FAITH – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed..” I Peter 1.
Children can make us proud when they behave properly! Of course you want them to have fun and enjoy themselves! This is a part of growing up! You want them to know how to behave in any given situation! When we raise our children with godly principles this gives them a firm solid foundation! Life is full of many surprise and unexpected events, children need guidance and discipline! Many distractions and spiritual warfare to pull you off the straight and narrow! When we raise our children with discipline and structure it is a good chance that they will pass down these principles to their own children. Grand children are a blessing! They can often reflect if a legacy of good discipline is being passed down. “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.”
True close friends do not play games. Well not games of manipulation! They are upfront and honest with you! If there is a problem you should be able to openly discuss whatever it is. You should be able to confront them in love whatever the issue may be! You should communicate your dislikes or grievances in a way that works toward resolving the problem. A good friend is loyal! A good marriage consists of friendship and loyalty as well! It is designed by God to be the ultimate man & woman partnership! If one falls they can help the other.The same principles apply! The difference is Marriage is "Holy Matrimony" and it is the only relationship in which God sanctions sexual intercourse between a husband and wife! “God is able to keep you from falling.” At the heart of a good relationship or friendship is effective communication. Listening is a part of communication. Care enough to listen.
Forgiveness should be embraced in marriage! Once an issue is resolved you do not throw it up in their face. We can overlook (cover) things because we realize that we all have shortcomings. We all are forever growing! You love them and do not hold it against them. Forgiving does not mean forgetting. It means that you no longer hold the trespass, injury or insult against them. Sometimes we just have to be quiet, pray and seek God’s face.
However if the action is repeated and an evident pattern is being established the chance for it to happen again is highly likely. Repentance is key! True repentance does not mean repeating the same behavior! If this is the case the bond of trust will be broken and distance will often result... True repentance is needed in order to begin working towards restoring the relationship! It is hard to have a good friendship or relationship with someone you cannot trust! It is important to build a good solid relationship on trust!
“He who covers over an offense promotes love. But whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
Overcome evil With Good!
From the beginning of time evil has tried to win over GOOD! Just know it can’t! But it is important to be aware of the many ways it seeks to undermine and discredit you as a child of God in the eyes of others! It wants to destroy your testimony. But we do not have to fret! We must learn to always look to the Lord! This is so important to know and REJOICE in; Just “Be STILL and KNOW” God is aware of everything! “You cannot curse what GOD has BLESSED!” This is why it is very important to know the Lord and know who you are in Him! There is NEVER any reason for revenge! GOD WILL FIGHT YOUR BATTLES!
Guess what happens when you try to treat Good as evil; “If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.” This is why we need to know the Word! Do not let anyone allow you to sink to this level. Seek God’s face and He will direct you! Learn to walk in humility, God knows your heart! God in His time will intervene on your behalf! Absolutely nothing gets by Him! What matters most is what GOD KNOWS! “It is mine to repay, says the Lord. On the contrary; “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with GOOD.” Romans 12. This is God’s way!
Innocent & the Guilty
“Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent – the Lord detests them both.” It is always good as well as helpful to keep in mind that God is totally aware of everything! It may seem like He isn’t sometimes but He is! At times things can appear abstract! Meaning, you are not sure how something is going to turn out! But God already knows! Example: You know that this person has done something and they try to make it seem otherwise… Or on the other hand there are times when you or someone you care for might be unjustly accused. Either way God is not pleased; it is during these times we must “wait for some more paint to get on the canvas!” Trust God, He is the Spirit of TRUTH! In His time He will allow what has happened in the dark to come to the Light. In the mean time “God is able to keep you from falling !”
More on Friendship
What kind of friend are you? Are you a fair weather friend? Meaning as long as things are going your way you are there. As long as you are getting something you want, you are there… Honestly assess your friendships… True, good friends are loyal! Be thankful for them when you have them! It is also when you are going through you will learn who your friends really are... When you are a good friend trust is an important component of your relationship! In times of distress or personal struggles you are there for them and you encourage them! The Word is powerful! “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity!”
Are you happy? Or do you complain all the time? Or are you optimistic and try to find something good in almost everything? Just think; “This is the DAY that the LORD has made. Let us REJOICE and be glad in it!” Who but God can make a day? GOD truly is AWESOME! Keeping this in mind anything that is going on in our life or all about us, no matter what we can look to God! We can be happy knowing that each day we can “REJOICE!” We can have Joy when we learn to trust God in every situation. We also are a lot happier! God truly is able! “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
This continuing series in the Proverbs is written to enlighten and encourage you to take some time in the Word each day. Spending time in the Scriptures are important! Reading a Proverb each day will refresh in your mind as to “What God has to say.” It will increase your wisdom and sharpen your discernment! It will help you to embrace God’s Way and live a more Satisfying, Rewarding, Peaceful & Joyful life regardless of what is happening! You cannot change anything that has happened. I say this because so often many dwell on what could have been? Start now where you are moving forward towards whatever God has in store for you!! The Proverbs will help you make better life decisions!
PROVERBS 17 concludes by telling us: “A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.
The Proverbs Series Begins
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