In search of Wisdom

 

 

          Greetings precious people, I do hope that you are doing well today and rejoicing in the goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ. In our search for wisdom, we come to Chapter 10 of the Book of Proverbs. Beginning in Chapter 10, Solomon will now present a change from his regular format of using many verses to convey an idea or thought to each verse presenting a thought while using contrasts. This becomes apparent as you read through and notice the number of times the conjunction ‘but’ is used. Solomon will continue this format through the rest of most of the chapters. Rather than comment on each verse I will cite all of the verses and make comment on a select group, which will be in italics.

            Proverbs 10:1-2. “The Proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother. Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death. [Through the ages there has always been great emphasis placed upon riches, even among some that consider themselves Christians. Though wealth and riches can be a mark of God’s blessing on a person’s life (it is more rare than common) it is the mark that God places upon a man’s heart and soul that is of greater importance. Great wealth and riches will not profit a man on the Day of Judgment. Listen to what Jesus says in Mark 8:34-38, “When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."]

Continuing now in Proverbs 10:3-5,  “The LORD will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but He casts away the desire of the wicked. He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame. [Here Solomon addresses the subject of laziness. It is truly unfortunate that many times in our society today laziness is both excused and encouraged.]

Proverbs 10:6-9,  “Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked. The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot. The wise in heart will receive commands, but a prating fool will fall. He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known.” [Integrity is a rarely observed character trait in most peoples lives today and we are suffering as a result. Integrity has been defined, as doing what is right when no one sees of knows. When there is integrity in one’s life he or she can walk with security knowing that they have done what is right. But those who live their life without it are always wondering if they will be found out or not. The Bible says, “Be sure your sin will find you out.”]

Proverbs 10:10-14, “He who winks with the eye causes trouble, but a prating fool will fall. The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked. Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins. Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, but a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.  Wise people store up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. [Here Solomon devotes a bit of time to addressing that little thing called the tongue that gets us all into trouble way too often. I like another proverb, though not found in the Bible, it says, ‘better to keep your mouth shut and have all think you’re a fool than to open it up and dispel all doubt.’]

Proverbs 10:15-21, “The rich man's wealth is his strong city; the destruction of the poor is their poverty. The labor of the righteous leads to life, the wages of the wicked to sin. He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he who refuses correction goes astray. Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool. In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is worth little. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of wisdom. [Once again Solomon talks about the mouth. It is amazing how much God’s Word; the Bible has to say about such a little part of our body.]

Proverbs 10:22-32, “The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it. To do evil is like sport to a fool, but a man of understanding has wisdom.  The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted. When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation. As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy man to those who send him. The fear of the LORD prolongs days, but the years of the wicked will be shortened. The hope of the righteous will be gladness, but the expectation of the wicked will perish. The way of the LORD is strength for the upright, but destruction will come to the workers of iniquity. The righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not inhabit the earth. The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut out. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.”

            In the final eleven verses, Solomon spends time contrasting the righteous with the wicked. Yes, contrary to popular belief and teaching, there is evil and wickedness and those who choose to do it in our society today. many of the problems we are facing is due to the unwillingness to speak the truth. We don’t want to offend anyone by saying that what they are doing or thinking is wicked and evil so we say nothing and evil flourishes. Evil and wickedness has reached such a height that now that which was once called evil is now considered good and that which was once good is now called evil. The prophet Isaiah spoke of this happening in his day. In Isaiah 5:20-21, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,

And prudent in their own sight!”

            One of the great deceptions that are occurring with this way of thinking is that multitudes of people believe that God no longer considers sinful behavior to be sinful. They think that that which once came under God’s wrath and condemnation is now under His blessing. Listen carefully dear ones. God has not and never will change. There is no variance or shifting of shadow with God. He is not a man that He should lie. What He said 2,000 years ago is true today. What was sin then is sin now and must be punished. This is why Jesus came to this earth and went to the cross and died. He did this to pay the penalty for our sins which is death, separation from God for all eternity, in other words Hell.

            Dear precious people, quit listening to the wicked as they rationalize and attempt to justify themselves in their sin. Listen to what the Bible says will happen as we get closer and closer to the end. In 2 Timothy 3:13, “But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” And 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

            Be wise dear ones, take God at His Word. Take time each day to read and study the Bible. Next time we will continue to go through the Book of Proverbs as we search for Wisdom. Until then may the Lord bless you.

If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests you can contact me at: Calvary Chapel of Alpine, P.O. Box 1528, Alpine, Ca. 91903 or call 619-445-2589, or e-mail ccalpine@juno.com or visit our web site to read all previous articles at www.calvarychapel.org/alpine/index.htm

Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine