~ Proverbs 26 The Goldmine Of ~ Spiritual Wisdom ~
~ Proverbs 26 The Goldmine Of ~ Spiritual Wisdom ~
A marvelous expeditious journey awaits all of those who open their hearts to this Goldmine of spiritual treasure in the Proverbs! There is an endless wealth of diverse, sundry invaluable wisdom in this excellent compendium of incredible sacred literature! King Solomon the wisest man to ever live, unequivocally shares with us the significant importance of earnestly and conscientiously pursuing as well as learning how to judiciously embrace godly counsel.
The truth of the matter is it is easier to give reproof rather than to be corrected! However one should not let pride stand in the way of wisdom. King Solomon tells us that the person who learns how to receive reproof or correction is in fact quite wise! We are talking about someone who is well qualified and definitely knows what he is talking about! It is because of those experiences he speaks to us from a clearer perspective. 20/20 vision usually is in hindsight!
Knowing this we should endeavor to humbly welcome correction and receive it without becoming defensive or resentful! See Proverbs 15. In this ongoing series of Spiritual Wisdom in Proverbs 25 I spoke about humility as well! Humility should be a top priority! It is through the grace of God we learn to embrace humility! Think about it for a moment? If you were on a journey and you were lost would you want proper directions? Or would you prefer to just keep going in the direction you were headed going the wrong way?
Life is a journey about discovering our purpose! God our Creator and Maker has a plan for each of our lives. In order to better know that purpose you must develop an ongoing relationship with Him! Or again you can totally ignore Him? As we establish our relationship with Him we better learn how to navigate around, over and sometimes through the many landmines and obstacles that are designed to get us off course! “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil!” Psalm 23.
After all one must keep in mind there is a definite ongoing spiritual battle to disrupt God’s plan for your life. It becomes increasingly clear as one grows spiritually the powers and principalities that be desire to wreak havoc in your life as a child of God! Thank God for His Holy Spirit the Comforter, His spiritual armor as well as discernment!
As one’s spiritual eyes begin to open they instigate and initiate an increasing apparent awareness that the Fruit of His Spirit becomes an essential need for survival! King Solomon broadens our viewpoint and perception via these Proverbs! The Fruit of His Spirit are virtuous characteristics! “But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control.” Galatians 5. Paul uses the Fruit as a metaphor in Galatians as to what actually begins to grows in our hearts. As we grow spiritually His Fruit should manifest in our lives as long as we stay connected to the vine!
Jesus is the only door to Heaven! So regardless of what anyone else says there is no other way in! However there is someplace else to go... You will live eternally someplace?
~ Proverbs 26 ~
Proverbial Lesson Highlights
Is there ever Honor in being a fool?
There is no honor in being a fool! Of course unless one is thought of as a fool for the Lord? That’s totally different! In this sense meaning; being gullible or meek and will do whatever He requires of you! That is only unto the Lord! Meekness is often mistaken as a weakness and one can appear foolish? But being a fool for any other reason is futile and senseless! “Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.
Arguing with a fool
It is wise not to argue with a fool. Do not take him seriously; he will do whatever to prove you wrong. He will often attempt to consume your time with empty arguments. This will only further serve to make them proud! “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.”
More on being a fool
When a fool uses a Proverb it is void of wisdom. They do not really see the value in the wisdom lesson that was being relayed. Their spiritual eyes are shut! Imagine tying a stone to a sling? What purpose will it serve? It will only make you heavy handed, frustrate you and goes nowhere when you try to fling it… it may even swing back and hurt you instead? “Like a lame man’s legs that hang limp is a Proverb in the mouth of a fool. Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.”
Fools repeat their behavior
Some people never learn. They live to recycle dysfunction and live aimlessly. At some point no matter what you say a fool will again return to their foolishness. This is the nature of a fool who has no real desire to change for the better! It is compared to the disgusting illustration of a dog eating its own heave! “As a dog returns to his own vomit so a fool repeats his folly.”
There are some who thrive on gossip. Tale bearers like to pass on untrue information! They will drop a hint here are there in order to often discredit or undermine the character of someone. Gossips cannot be trusted! They will sometimes boldly state a lie when they feel it will not be recanted? Gossip does not deserve an audience.
No doubt it can be hurtful and disturbing since there are those who are so good at it. But always keep in mind “It is better what God knows rather than what others think.” Do not give gossip legs. At your discretion ignore it or simply confront the source! People will say and do hurtful things in order to avoid the truth of their own irresponsibility! When you don’t fan the flames of gossip it will eventually die out! Don’t give it fuel nor the person the satisfaction of ruffling your feathers! “Without wood a fire goes out; without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.”
I have encountered some malicious people in my lifetime. The Word tells us to “ Pray for those who despitefully use you.” Matthew 5. I am still surprised at times just how deep, jealousy, resentment and bitterness can go? Its poison can spread like cancer… I was taught a wise fable by one of my seminary professors that comes to mind: It was a story about a man who saw a snake lying by the side of the road. His first inclination was to simply pass by. But he thought for a moment and said “why not, help him?” So he stopped picked up the snake and carefully placed it in a bag and took it home with him.
When he got home he patiently took care of the snake. He gave it a comfortable home, food and provided water. He could see a marked improvement each day. He thought they were bonding and becoming friends? Well as the snake got better he picked him up again and to his surprise? This time the snake bit him! He asked “Why?” The snake said, “Well you know I was a snake!” I realize that some have snakes for pets? But personally snakes always make me think of the serpent’s deception in the Garden of Eden. By nature remember snakes are carnivorous reptiles and they are cold blooded! In the beginning they walked uprightly, No wonder God cursed them to slither on the ground!
Throughout the Proverbs there is much said in regards to contrasting and comparing the difference between the godly and the wicked! It is important as a Christian to know we are forever growing! We never get to the place where we learn it all. As we grow spiritually we learn the importance and benefits of living to please God! There is an ongoing spiritual battle to take you down, out and or discredit your witness and testimony! Our plethora of varied life lessons are to build our integrity and strengtythen our faith and character! The Proverbs are here to abet us to become wiser and learn how to make better life choices!
It is essential that we spend quality time in the Word! Meditate on the Word daily and actually implement it in our life what we are learning. Keep your spiritual armor on and polished. One need not be afraid just aware of the many tactics of the enemy. King Solomon fought many battles. The wisdom he shares is invaluable. Remember daily to “Praise The LORD!” Trust God! Have Faith in Him and let Him be your focus. You will then grow in the grace and knowledge of Him! “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him and HE WILL direct your path.” Proverbs 3. In His time He will work everything out for your good! In Jesus Christ we have the Victory!
“ A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit. Though his speech is charming do not believe him, for seven abominations are in his heart. His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
Proverbs 26 concludes by telling us: “A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.”
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