~ Proverbs 10 ~ The Goldmine of Spiritual Wisdom ~ Contrasting of The Godly and the Wicked ~
~ Proverbs 10 ~ The Goldmine of Spiritual Wisdom ~
~ Contrasting of the Godly and the Wicked ~
The Proverbs Begins!
Wisdom is the astounding reoccurring theme throughout the Proverbs! A Goldmine of Spiritual Wisdom in its finest are to be found here! In them you will ascertain wise godly counsel. How to properly relate to God, your spouse, your children, relatives, friends, neighbors, co workers, strange people, unbelievers as well as the government! The Proverbs are a marvelous collection of quality pithy sayings, poetry and parables. Wise people throughout the ages meditate on this incredible book and put into practice its marvelous precepts.
The Proverbs wonderfully sharpen your spiritual discernment! Meaning your ability to sense and distinguish good and evil become elevated! By avidly seeking diligently to know the Lord you will discover many things. God does not want us ignorant! You will begin to see the world and your surroundings on a much deeper level, from here a three dimensional spiritual perspective arises!
Proverbs clearly spells out its purpose to impart instructions for moral discernment, discretion, and to develop our spiritual and mental perceptions! Wisdom in the Hebrew is Hokhmah which means artistic talent or skill in living wisely. To act wisely! It is not the same as being shrewd or clever. Godly wisdom teaches you there is no need to manipulate, but to trust God! You become conscious that God is totally aware of both the seen and unseen! You seek to live your life before Him; “An audience of ONE!”
Hebrew wisdom literature in the Bible consists of Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. They all encompass genuine reflections of godly wisdom! The Proverbs are the remedy to prevent or can be used to cure anyone of an ungodly lifestyle if and when desired! They are in fact a treasure, “A Goldmine of Spiritual Wisdom” containing a multiplicity of spiritual nuggets for being Blessed!
King Solomon candidly shares with us His extraordinary spiritual legacy! Wisdom, love, understanding, prudence, guidance, wise counsel are all showcased. There are thirty one (31) Proverbs! This is a supreme book of wisdom! When one reads them over and over you will discover that the Word of God is “Alive” each time you will learn something more! There is nothing else like the Word of God! It is very helpful and recommended in order to discipline yourself, to read a Proverb each day. Start today reading whatever day it is for example; if it is the 10th read the 10th Proverb! Then start all over again each month, after years of study your life will be greatly enriched spiritually and your discernment enhanced!
When earnestly reading the Word of God there is a spiritual relationship that develops and takes place. The Holy Spirit illuminates its contents and takes you on a spiritual journey of learning! The concepts are embedded into your mind as you sincerely solicit the help of the Holy Spirit! The Word was written by men inspired by God! There is an endless reservoir of wisdom shared through the process of divine revelation! One needs to sincerely ask the Lord to open their understanding. God promise “to never leave or forsake us” is true! The evidence of this is His Holy Spirit that resides within the life of each believer. To better understand, one must ask for the infilling presence of Holy Spirit to fill us as we drink from this endless well of wisdom for godly living found in His Word!
“Wisdom is the principle thing!” Solomon encourages and challenges us to seek out and obtain godly wisdom. It is an ardent precious treasure! Here as you mine through these Proverbs you will discover many prized spiritual wisdom nuggets. They will better equip you to take the path of wisdom over that of foolishness! The Proverbs continuously presents examples contrasting the righteous and the wicked. They contain general truths demonstrating that living your life for the Lord is far better.
Proverbial Lesson Highlights
~ Proverbs 10 ~
Here is where the Proverbs really begin. They cover a vast subject matter. These short contrasting couplets are packed with much wisdom. A wealth of godly wisdom for living a dedicated Christian lifestyle each and everyday! A son that is wise brings much joy to his father. “But a foolish son grief to his mother.” Notice the contrast between “wisdom & Joy” contrasted to “foolishness & grief!”
The Hebrew Word for Proverbs is Mashal it means; comparison, similar, parallel. We learned earlier that Hokhmah means; skill in living wisely! There are thirty one (31) Proverbs! Proverbs ten through fifteen (10-15) contrast right and wrong! Solomon the wise father wants his children to benefit from what he has learned. He also encourages us to pursue the superior path of wisdom as early as possible. The path of wisdom is where one learns the ongoing process of discipline! As children of God we are disciples of Jesus Christ. Disciples are learners. We are continually being shaped and molded by the Master Potter! Discipline and obedience are a part of the process. Wisdom is preferred over folly.
Wherever you are in life it is never too late to begin to apply wisdom! The Word of God is our Life Manual! It is here you will discover a wealth of invaluable wisdom! King Solomon was a King who had it all. According to the Bible He is the wisest man to ever live. Solomon asked the Lord for a discerning heart so he could wisely rule the people. Solomon knew the importance of discernment. This pleased the Lord. Listen attentively to this remarkable passage of Scripture! So, “The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked for riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked; both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings of your days. So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statues and My commandments, as your father David walked then I will lengthen your days…” I Kings 3
Solomon was internationally known for his wisdom! Many came from all over the world to consult with him. King David, his father collected a wealth of provisions for Solomon. From them he built a most magnificent Temple in Jerusalem, grand palace and many other extravagant palatial structures! However Solomon in all of his grand splendor still struggled. He slowly eased back from applying his GOD given wisdom to his own life. He began to allow his foreign women to influence him… This is why it is so important that we adhere to the Word of God. Each day spend time in the Word! Not in a rigid legalistic fashion. You want to develop a strong, loving intimate relationship with the Lord. True success is only found in Him! Know in your heart that God knows what is best for us! He loves us and does not want us to live a life a folly. He wants us to embrace His wisdom and live an abundant life in every way!
Today many live for the world and God is secondary. Quite often they visit a place of worship on Sunday and go right back to living however they choose during the week. Then there are those who do not believe in God at all. Think about King Solomon who had anything that you could possibly ever want. He did not find happiness in his possesions! It was his relationship with the Lord that mattered most! God asks us to be loyal to Him, obey Him and embrace His principles. The world tells us; “go for it!” and “do your own thing!” The world cannot give you what God can! Wisdom is a special gift from God! It bestows upon us the ability to perceive situations and people on a deeper spiritual level. Discernment helps us to see clearer the path to the Lord’s will and Way! God has a plan for each of our lives. In these wonderful Proverbs Solomon shares with us a plethora of spiritual nuggets that will help us along the way! Wisdom is only effective when it is put to proper use!
We learned earlier that He had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. It is from his vast and varied experiences he shares with us! Life today is very complicated there are so many choices? But how do we make better choices? We can learn from Solomon that having wisdom does not mean one will always make the right decisions. It is important to keep in mind that God wants to be a part of all of our lives. Our family and private life should be a reflection of His principles as well. Our marriages and family life should be guided by His principles. When we pray we should ask for the Lord’s will to be done in our lives.
There are many contrasting couplets used to illustrate the difference between wisdom and folly! Such as; “Blessings crown the head of the righteous: but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.” Please take time and go through each verse of this Proverb. It is good to read through the Proverb then go back and slowly digest each verse slowly. This way you can learn and glean from its contents the intended lesson. You should actually make a mental note as you go through each one to see the contrast between Wisdom and folly!
The wonderful thing about the Lord is He knows right where you are! As a believer you have His Holy Spirit, the Comforter and Teacher. Ask the Lord to open your understanding to help you better comprehend what you do not understand and to fill you with His Spirit. If you are not a believer you can always invite ther Lord into your life! Simply and sincerely, confess your sins. Ask Jesus Christ into your heart and accept Him as your Lord and Savior! Each time you spend time in His Word you will learn something new or what you have already learned will be reinforced! As you study and apply His Word you will become wiser and begin to see a change in your life. The Word of God is powerful! It is so amazing! This is why spending time in the Word is so important! Each day is an opportunity to learn and grow spiritually!
Proverbs 10 teaches us about integrity, wealth, righteousness, lying, wickedness, wisdom and blessings. Discipline is key! Righteousness is the way of the Lord! When you are slandered or lied on just know that God knows the Truth! Don’t reject God’s way to be accepted! Don’t let others distract you from living for the Lord! Remember Solomon’s wise counsel. We do not have to wander aimlessly through life! He wants to help keep us from making some of the same mistakes he made without going through the experience! Don’t let others lead you astray from what you know to be right! Fill your heart and mind with the things of God! “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6.
Proverbs 10 concludes by telling us: “The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, But the perverse tongue will be cut out. The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.”
PROVERBS SERIES BEGINS
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