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The Recipe for a Godly Life - A Study of the Book of Proverbs (Chapter 9)
An Open Invitation
Chapter 9 of Proverbs paints a picture of a house built and furnished with the finest things. A banquet is being prepared, and the table is set with rich and abundant foods. The magnificent house has been built and the banquet prepared by Lady Wisdom. She sends out invitations to anyone who will attend; the simple minded and those with little understanding are invited to attend this glorious feast in the beautiful mansion. They are invited to eat of the finest foods and drink of the best wines; to come and enjoy the abundant life.
Lady Wisdom has built and furnished her home; it’s supported by seven hewn timbers. The banquet meal is ready to be served: lamb roasted, wine poured out, table set with silver and flowers. Having dismissed her serving maids, Lady Wisdom goes to town, stands in a prominent place, and invites everyone within the sound of her voice: “Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on? I’ve prepared a wonderful spread – fresh-baked bread, roast lamb, carefully selected wines. Leave your impoverished confusion and live! Walk up the street to a life with meaning.” (Proverbs 9: 1-6 TMB)
Could it honestly be that simple? Could it be so easy as to walk up the street and enjoy a life filled with such blessings? I can tell you, it is.
Chapters 1 – 8 of proverbs have been the stepping stones on this path toward wisdom, and if you have earnestly followed each one, you should understand that Wisdom is free and available to anyone who will seek after it. The steps are uncomplicated, not difficult for even the simplest of seekers. And for those who seek after wisdom, a life filled with blessings and abundance is waiting.
Don’t waste your efforts
Once this life of blessings is discovered, it is only natural to want to share it with the whole world. And of course it should be, it’s free to anyone who hears and seeks after godly wisdom. But there are many, and some of them profess godliness, which will scoff and argue with you.
He who reproves a scoffer gets shame for himself, and he who rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blemish. Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. (Proverbs 9: 7-9 NKJV)
If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you’ll get slapped in the face; confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins. So don’t waste your time on a scoffer; all you’ll get for your pains is abuse. But if you correct those who care about life, that’s different – they’ll love you for it! Save your breath for the wise – they’ll be wiser for it; tell good people what you know – they’ll profit from it. Skilled living gets its start in the Fear-of-God, insight into life from knowing a Holy God. It’s through me, Lady Wisdom, that your life deepens, nd the years of your life ripen. Live wisely and wisdom will permeate your life; mock life and life will mock you. (Proverbs 9: 7-12 TMB)
There are two kinds of people in the world, scoffers and seekers. Scoffers go out of their way to contradict everything that is said. When you tell them how blessed you are, they counter it with negative hate speech, and the more you try to reason with them, the more hate filled they get, and the quicker you lose your joy. When these people are encountered, it’s best to Walk away, don’t waste your efforts on them.
Scoffers can only see the negative side of things; they love strife and feed on anger and frustration. The only thing they seek is to cause division and hatred. They are professionals at practicing the 7-things that God hates. (See Proverbs chapter 6)
Seekers are those who, like you, are on the path of wisdom. They are seeking a godly life filled with peace, joy and blessings. Seekers will listen when you have something to share, and they will share the wisdom they have learned. A true seeker will not be offended when they are corrected, but will learn and grow from correction.
The question we must all ask ourselves is this; am I a scoffer or a seeker? If you honestly answered scoffer, then perhaps it’s time for you to start at the beginning and truly seek the path of wisdom. If you are sincerely a seeker, then you are on the right path. Stay on the straight path of wisdom and keep seeking the godly way.
Don’t Get Confused
There are many voices calling out to us in this world and they can all sound appealing, but we must be careful not to listen to the wrong voice and venture off the path of wisdom. The message of wisdom is indisputable and unvarnished.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself and if you scoff, you alone will bear it. (Proverbs 9: 10 – 12 NKJV)
This is the recipe for a godly life:
Fear the Lord (fear = a deep reverence and respect for)
Seek after the knowledge of God in His word.
Study to understand the word, and how to apply it to your life.
Obey His word.
If you combine all these things together, you will have a long and satisfied life.
If you scoff at godly things, you will have a hard and difficult life.
Then there’s this other woman, Madame Whore—brazen, empty—headed, frivolous. She sits on the front porch of her house on Main Street, and as people walk by minding their own business, calls out. “Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on? Steal off with me, I’ll show you a good time! No one will ever know – I’ll give you the time of your life.” But they don’t know about all the skeletons in her closet; that all her guests end up in hell. (Proverbs 9: 13-18 TMB)
There are many false paths promising the good life. A life filled with fun, adventure and pleasurable things. The problem is they all end up leaving those who follow disappointed, lost, and broken.
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