Proverbs: Chapter Thirteen

Proverbs of Solomon Continued…

Group One: v.12 and 19

Verse 12 especially struck a cord with me. I may not be reading it correctly, but it made me think of how my husband and I have been trying to conceive. It’ll be two years in June since we started trying and all we have to show for this emotional roller coaster of disappointments and false hopes is one miscarriage. So many have pointed out the “bright side,” that it is possible for us to get pregnant, but at times that offers little comfort as another month goes by. I still say though that I would rather have my hopes dashed than have no hope at all.

Group Two: v.2 and 3

Here are another two verses warning us about not speaking to rashly, particularly verse 3. I think there is something to be said however for the sin of holding your tongue when you should open up and speak. There are two kinds of sin, sins of commission and sins of omission; Original Sin and Actual Sin is a different topic altogether. Sins of commission are those we act on. When we lie, cheat, steal, murder, or the like, these are sins of commission, in other words these are our “visible” sins. On the other hand, sins of omission is when we fail to act when we are supposed to. When we withhold the truth, fail to help the poor and needy, or do not keep our commitments we have made we are committing sins of omission. These sins are not as easily “visible” per say, but over time we see the negative results just the same.

Group Three: v.7-8, 11, and 22

A few verses dealing with money. I like what verse 7 has to say. We tend to find ourselves on one side of the coin on this matter {yes, I know that’s a horrible pun}. Either we think we’re richer than we really are, lording our wealth over others, or we find ourselves feeling poorer than what we really are, blind to the many blessings poured out into our lives. It’s so easy to fall into either trap. We are so driven by what we have or don’t have it can be hard to recognize what we’re doing.

Group Four: v.4-6, 9, 17, 21, 23, and 25

These verses compare the righteous and the wicked, the lazy and the hardworking. They share some of the same sentiments we’ve talked about in other chapters. The righteous will receive what they seek, while the wicked will never be satisfied and in the end the wicked will always received their just rewards for what they have done. These seem very final, but do not forget the free gift of forgiveness offered to us through the life death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! The wicked, no matter how bad they are or have been, will not be denied this free gift from God…God loves us too much! Just think about the worst thing you’ve ever done. If your like me, you would be ashamed to say it out loud, sometimes you may worry that God hasn’t forgiven you for {blank}, but His Word IS final and it tells us plainly…

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ~John 3:16

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. ~John 8:36

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him. ~Psalm 103:11-13

We are freed from sin. God has made you a new creation…don’t turn back to your old ways!

Group Five: v.1, 10, 14-16, 18, 20, and 24

Take a look at v.24, “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” Remember what we talked about with verses 9-12 in Chapter Three? Well, this verse right up that ally. it once again reminds us that discipline is a GOOD thing! God uses it to bring us back to the right path, if He didn’t we’d just keep going down our path of destruction. This ties in well with the other verses in this section relating to how beneficial it is to seek wisdom, listen to instruction and correction, and heed the advice of the wise {God bless the wise!!}.

Lord, all too often we want our own way, we cast aside Your teachings because we think we know what’s best. Help us to return to You to seek that free gift of forgiveness You offer through Your Son and turn away from our folly. When You offer Your instruction through Your Word or a trusted, godly friend help us to sit up and pay attention. Amen.

It’s your turn y’all. What one verse in Chapter Thirteen speaks to you the most? If you memorized only one, which would it be?

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