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Monday, May 30, 2016

The Wise and the Warped (Proverbs 12:8)

"A man is praised according to his wisdom, but men with warped minds are despised."

Solomon addresses many subjects throughout the remainder of Proverbs. Most of his proverbs, however, fit into two categories: those who are wise and those who are foolish. Imagine the joy you would experience if you always walked in the path of the wise! Then imagine a world full of wise people. Well, back to reality . . . we live in a world full of warped people--people who view and live life with sin-skewed understanding--and we ourselves aren't exempt. How we need the wisdom of God upon our lives! May Christ, the Wisdom of God, living in me manifest His wisdom through my life--then I, and others around me, will experience a little bit of heaven on earth.

Chapters 10-22 contain 375 sayings covering a wide range of subjects. Each of these fall into either the wise category or the foolish category. Subjects covered:
  • Family relationships (husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, parents & children)
  • Governing authorities (kings, rulers)
  • Servants and masters
  • Immoral women (dress, speech, attitude, actions)
  • Orphans, widows
  • The poor and needy
  • Social interaction (poverty and wealth, stealing, lying, drunkenness, honesty, kindness, cruelty, truth, slander, honor, shame, etc.)
  • Character flaws (diligence and laziness, self-control and dissipation, mercy and cruelty, generosity and stinginess, contentment and covetousness, love and hate, submission and rebellion, wise and reckless behavior, pride and humility, etc.)
Ask the Lord to identify areas in your life that fall under the foolish category as you read Proverbs 11:1-13:25.