Proverbs 29 – Better late than Never

“Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.”

Proverbs‬ ‭29:26‬ ‭NIV‬‬

First of all, mad props to you if you have a blog and are able to keep a consistent posting schedule. in a couple days I will post about my 31 day experience blogging about the book of Proverbs. But for today I’m going to talk about this verse.

What comes to mind when you think about this verse? For me, I think of contacting governmental leaders to let them know what I stand for and how I would encourage them to vote a particular way on a bill.

No matter what legislation is passed, what budgets get vetoed, or who goes before a judiciary committee, we only receive justice when it comes from the Lord.

Proverbs 26 – Bad Archery

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“Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.”

Proverbs‬ ‭26:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Have you ever hired an employee before? More likely you’ve been an employee. Perhaps you’ve worked with someone that you just wonder why was that person hired?

I can imagine being Human Resources at a business is a hard job. But, sometimes you just need people who might not be the best skilled or experienced at the job they are hired for (but hey, you got to get experience somewhere and sometime.)

This passage stresses the importance of hiring the right person for the job. Don’t hire fools. (Hopefully the interview process weeds out the fools) and passerby’s just might not be faithful.

I think as a person who has been hired for jobs (you probably can relate) I want to be the kind of person who isn’t a fool. And I want to be wise (and not harm my team) when I hire new people.

Question for you: have you ever worked with a person and felt, “did HR fire at random?” What was your experience?

Proverbs 16 – Abuse of power

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Kings detest wrongdoing,
for a throne is established through righteousness.

Proverbs 16:12 NIV

If you’ve study enough history you’ll see a pattern where historical events truly repeat themselves. Kings, heads of state, governmental leaders are dethroned when they join in on wrong doing. That is to say when they Lord their power over their subjects, abuse it and do not bring real justice in the land. You can be sure that their days are numbered.

But when a righteous leader guides his or her people, they don’t need to deceive or twist arms to get people to join them in the pursuits of their vision. People will line up and volunteer.

As soon as they no longer stand up for justice, for what is right, the people lose all confidence and faith in them.

What kind of leader are you? What kind would you rather follow?

Proverbs 14 – “I know just how you feel!”

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“Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.”

Proverbs‬ ‭14:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In the middle of your grief, stress, sadness, has some well meaning person ever said to you “I know just how you feel” ?

I believe most people are trying to help, but they don’t understand how damaging and dismissive that phrase is. The truth is found here in Proverbs 14:10. No one can truly know or under our bitterness (sorrow) or really feel and enjoy our joy, quite like we do in our own hearts.

What to do with that person who constantly projects their own life and troubles when all you are trying to do is share yours?

1. Forgive them – the most likely don’t realize how what they are doing is not helpful

2. Kindly explain to them why it’s not helpful. “When you jump in with yourself own story, I fell like you are not listening and caring about mine.”

3. Find someone else to share your heart. People will get the drift when fewer people confide in them. They don’t have anyone’s confidence.

One last thing: unlike your average Jane or Joe, there is someone who can understand our every hurt. His name is Jesus and he’s just a prayer away.

Proverbs 13 – Isn’t it ironic?

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“Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it,
but whoever respects a command is rewarded.”

Proverbs 13:13 NIV

Thanks for joining me for today’s devotional thought. You know that one song “Ironic?” There is a line in there that says “it’s the good advice that you just didn’t take.”

Well we could debate what the real definition of “ironic” is, that’s not what the devotional is about.

When we know we should have taken that good advice…it’s only in hindsight. It’s only looking back with regret for making a decision and realizing we should have made a different one.

When you are given instruction or advice, do you scorn it or do you at least consider it? Respecting that command and advice might save you lots of regret in the future.

What are your thoughts? Have you had advice you wish you had taken and accepted? What was it? What advice do you have for others that you had to learn the hard way? Leave a a comment below.

Proverbs 12 – I Pity the Fool

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“Fools show their annoyance at once,
but the prudent overlook an insult.”

Proverbs 12:16 NIV

We have met this person before. In some cases we have been this person. Proverbs frequently juxtaposes two lifestyles: foolish and wise. The foolish person in this verse is one who flies off the handle, reacts emotionally and spouts “their annoyance.” This makes up like 80% of the internet posts (not a real statistic).

Here we have the word prudent as the opposite of foolish. Someone who is level headed. Who doesn’t fly off the handle at every insult. Why is that important?

Many times people who react emotionally to an offense, then publicly gripe about it, will end up walking those words back or apologizing all together. If you overlook an insult or offense, this verse leads me to believe that’s a prudent thing thing to do. People who think about the weight of their words before speaking (or posting) rarely have to apologize or correct their previous statements.

Proverbs 8 – Wisdom in the Open

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1 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 At the highest point along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gate leading into the city,
at the entrance, she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O people, I call out;
I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence;
you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.
6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are just;
none of them is crooked or perverse.

Proverbs 8:1-8 NIV

So the last couple chapters have had themes of wayward and destructive relationships. There was a seductress beaconing a simple man yesterday. In a similar way, Wisdom pursues the simple, drawing them into deep relationship with her. However, She is not in some back alley place, but on the “highest point along the way.”

Out in the open, if only one would hear her voice. Her “mouth speaks what is true.” Her words are just, not twisted. Wisdom doesn’t need to connive anybody. Doesn’t need wicked or perverse ways to persuade.


Now here’s my question to you: who are you listening to? Lies that sounds like the truth (maybe what you’d like to hear) or Truth right out in the open, that may hurt or be awkward…but yet it is Wisdom?

Think about it and consider leaving a comment.

Proverbs 4 – Wise Guy, huh?

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1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
    pay attention and gain understanding.
I give you sound learning,
    so do not forsake my teaching.
For I too was a son to my father,
    still tender, and cherished by my mother.
Then he taught me, and he said to me,
    “Take hold of my words with all your heart;
    keep my commands, and you will live.

Proverbs 4:1-4 NIV

If you are new to Proverbs, here’s a brief synopsis. It’s a book of wisdom. How does one get to be a “wise guy?” Solomon tells us it’s experience. Live. His father gave him sage guidance for life when he was still young. The first piece of advice was this: “Listen to me, sonny!”

That’s right, the first wise thing a person learns from a wise person is to…listen to wise people.

If I needed to fix my car, I would want the advice of an expert. Solomon says he had his dad, King David, as his guide in learning to be wise. Scripture also teaches us that Solomon asked God for the wisdom to rule his people. (1 Kings 3:1-5) God gave him godly wisdom and also riches and power that he did not ask for.

The beginning of your journey in wisdom is to listen to those who’ve gone before you.

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This doesn’t mean that they are right just because they are older or more advanced. It does me we should not dismiss people and their guidance based on those two characteristics.

The advice and instruction goes further in verses 10-13.

10 Listen, my son, accept what I say,
    and the years of your life will be many.
11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom
    and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
    when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
    guard it well, for it is your life.

Proverbs 4:10-13 NIV
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The truth is, we do become dismissive of the older generation, qualifying that they couldn’t possibly relate to or understand our situations. The truth is, they’ve been around long enough to see major life events twice (or more). They’ve got what we call “perspective” and it is perspective that helps them give wise advice. So next time your elder comes to you to tell you about something, some advice about your life…don’t roll your eyes and walk away. Take what they say into consideration and a grain of salt. Ultimately it is our responsibility what we do with wisdom.