Saturday, March 19, 2016
A Chapter a Day - Proverbs 19
Observations and Highlights
One of the constant themes in the book of Proverbs is dealing with those that are poor. What does it mean to be poor? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, poor is defined as lacking material possessions; of, relating to, or characterized by poverty; less than adequate, meager, small in worth; inferior in quality or value. It's a broad definition that covers a lack of physical possessions to a state of mind. To be poor is not a bad thing, either - it can happen to any of us.
So, even though you lack physical possessions you can still walk uprightly. Your physical situation does not necessarily determine your mental and spiritual state (v1). One of the benefits of being poor is being able to determine who your true friends are (v2). Remember, whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and He will reward them for what they have done (v19). Lending to the Lord is something we can't understand because it is not an earthly transaction. This reaps heavenly rewards.
One other powerful verse that can really impact our interactions is a person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense (v11). The practicing of wisdom produces patience that allows you to overlook actions that may irritate. Some folks aren't social in the morning and never say good morning - overlook it; someone persistently mispronounces your name - overlook it; someone cuts you off on the freeway - overlook it. We commit offenses every day - it’s up to us to decide how we respond to them. Someone told me a long time ago to ”Grow Duck Feathers” - so that things can just roll off my back. I've taken this advice to heart, but again it stems from the wisdom of God's word.
This chapter also mentions relationships in the home. A foolish child is a father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof. Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.(v 13,14) If you've read along so far, you know what actions make up foolish behavior. If you are behaving foolishly you are a foolish person; a foolish child is a heartbreaking. A quarrelsome wife is also exhibiting foolish behavior but a prudent wife is from the Lord. We can control how we provide an inheritance to our children, but as a husband when you have a wife that is wise and a blessing to you though you may have selected your wife, it was the Lord that guided you all along. A prudent wife is from the Lord.