Hidden Treasures

The Bible is much more than a book of religion.

Practical Wisdom

The Book of Proverbs is a compilation of God’s practical  wisdom on a large variety of topics which we  fathers and mothers are to pass on to our sons and daughters.

The fact that this Book is not merely worldy philosophy, but a part of the sacred inspired, infallible Word and Wisdom of God; makes a study of it vital and indispensable. Parents, we  must first assimilate this wisdom into our own lives and then model it and teach it to our children in the few short years God entrusts them to us to train for life.

In our last message, we began in chapter 11:1 with the fairness of God in His dealing with us.  As we continue through this chapter, we will deal with a wide variety of topics.  Let’s consider them one at a time.

 

PRIDE   Proverbs 11:2

 

In Proverbs 6:16-17  we learn that pride is at the top of the list of sins God abhors.  It always leads to shame and to a humbling fall.  For one of the most outstanding  lessons on pride and how God deals with it,  go to my EZRA series and read of arrogant King Nebuchadnezzar’s conversion as we trace his story in Daniel 1-4. 

To learn how God must humble us before He can use us in His service, read and meditate on I Corinthians 1:26-31.

INTEGRITY vs PERVERSENESS   Proverbs 11:3

 

If we love God’s Word and hunger after it daily,  we will  have a heart that longs to do right and please God, Psalm 119: 9-16

On the other hand, if we hate God and His Word, our perverseness and rebellion will eventually destroy us.

RICHES OR RIGHTEOUSNESS   Proverbs 11:4-8

 

Although it is not wrong to be successful in business and become wealthy, Jesus taught in His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6:24-34 that our primary attention and  concentration  should be loving and serving Him.

Girls, it’s far better to pray for a godly husband than a wealthy one and guys it’s far more important for you to seek a godly wife than a wealthy, godless heiress.

Why choose righteousness over riches?  Your answer is found in Proverbs 11:4-8.  “Riches profit not in the day of wrath: bur righteousness delivers from death.”

The Bible is filled with comforting truth for God’s people, even in the midst of trouble.  The story of Job.  Psalm 23, 27, 34, 37, 91, and  Paul’s brief Epistle to the Philippians.  The righteous will have direction in life and be delivered in the midst of  trouble; whereas the wicked are described in Isaiah 57:20  “as the troubled sea when it cannot rest, whose water cast up mire and dirt.”

 

OUR TONGUES   Proverbs 11:9

 

Here is another warning concerning the use of our tongues. Many  hypocrites have destroyed others, even neighbors or a former friends,  with malicious gossip.  Rather, let us use our speech to edify and build up others in the Truth of God’s Word.

CITIZENSHIP   Proverbs 11:10-11

 

In nations where Christ is rejected and Christians are oppressed,  there is political and economic disaster and mourning; but in lands where God is honored and His people have a godly influence, there is blessing.   Such has been  America’s blessed history.  When evil, Bible rejecting leaders are removed from office, God’s people rejoice and everyone is blessed with prosperity.  The most patriotic thing any Christian can do is to be a good law-abiding citizen and lead people to Christ.

 

BEWARE OF DESPISING OTHERS   Proverbs 11:1214:21,  17:5

 

Although it is popular in  America  to publicly despise and slander our political opponents, it shows a lack of wisdom on our part and it often produces a political back-lash at the polls.  Let the God-fearing politicians and the electorate faithfully stand for righteousness and let God take care of our enemies.

DON’T BE A TATTLE-TALE   Proverbs 11:13

 

Be a faithful friend.  Be trustworthy.  Don’t gossip.   If a friend does wrong, go to that friend privately and  follow the Matthew 18:15-17  principle of attempting to restore a friend who has gone astray.  More often, the offender is restored and everyone involved is blessed.

 

SAFETY IN WISE COUNSEL  Proverbs 11:14

 

A good pastor has power to accomplish more if he can dictate; but there is danger in anyone having unbridled power and not having to answer to anyone.  That’s why the Apostle Paul  in Titus 1:5 teaches a plurality of elders in a church.   There may be only one teaching pastor in a church, but the plurality of spiritually-minded elders working together with the pastor protects  him from making unwise decisions.

In the area of finances and Mutual Funds, there may be the occasional  super star investors of some fabled Funds who made amazing financial decisions in recent years;  but since there is safety in numbers, I chose to entrust my investments in Funds directed by a group of managers.  There is more safety in numbers.

 

BEWARE OF CO-SIGNING   Proverbs 11:15

 

Parents may co-sign for their young adult sons and daughters as they are starting out in life; but it is generally a risky decision.   One can lose everything he has.  

There is not a good place to stop in this chapter. So I will stop here and continue next time, Lord willing, as we discuss  Jeweled Pigs.

 

 

 

 

 

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March 25, 2012 - Posted by | PROVERBS

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