Proverbs 9 & 10: The Righteous
Verse of the Day: (10:3)The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
1. The Rebuke (9:1-18)
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. (9:8)
God, through King Solomon of Israel, invites all His people to come to His house of wisdom to hear His Word, where we shall learn to believe in, fear and obey Him, living holy lives for His glory, praise and honour. However, many refuse to believe in God, and instead they reject Him, and choose to believe in themselves indulging in their sins. Let us accept God’s invitation, and believe in and fear Him, seeking His wisdom, and taking heed to His rebuke and admonition, and confessing and repenting our sins. Indeed, God truly loves us, and He seeks to feed and nourish our hungry souls, helping us to grow in His grace and knowledge, and blessing us with His peace and joy. (Revelation 3:14-22)
2. The Righteous (10:1-14)
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. (10:11)
Solomon learned the hard way as he strayed away from God and His wisdom, and followed after his own understanding, indulging in his lust and pride, and eventually he reaped the dire consequences of his sins. At the zenith of his power, many dignitaries from all over the world, called on him to hear his wise sayings. Alas, when he fell from God’s grace, no one called on him, and he was left out in the cold. Let us therefore seek God and His righteousness, and continue in His righteousness, and those who are wicked shall continue in their wickedness, unless they believe in Him, and repent of their wickedness. Indeed, let us share God’s wisdom and gospel, so that whoever truly believes in Him, shall have everlasting life with Him in glorious heaven. (Revelation 22:10-21)
3. The Rich (10:15-32)
The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty. (10:15)
Solomon realised God’s paradox of life, as when he was rich in material possessions, his soul was actually in poverty as he sinned against Him, while those who believed in and obeyed Him, though they were poor in material possessions, yet they were rich in His spiritual blessings. Indeed, a man’s life is only measured by God’s spiritual blessings, and never by the abundance of his wealth and material possessions. Whether we are rich or poor, let us strive only to be rich in God by truly investing in His Word, wisdom and works, so that we shall receive His spiritual blessings now and forever. (Luke 12:13-21)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to be rich in You by truly investing in Your wisdom.