A Proverb A Day Keeps the Devil Away
Contributing Writer: Holly Rigos
If there is one book of the Bible I would recommend to new believers and readers of God’s Word, it would be reading a chapter in Proverbs every day. With 31 chapters, it is a book about wisdom, knowledge, and the folly of sin.
Personally, as a mother of four children, we turn to this book often when providing simple instructions and eventually more complex instructions for difficult conversations around obedience, discipline, sexual immorality, and character.
For example, in Proverbs 14:7-8, for children (and adults) struggling to find their community, crowd, and proper influence in their lives.
“Stay away from fools”
-fools means a senseless fellow, a dullard, and biblically, it means someone who disregards God’s word. He is often contrasted with a wise person such as in this verse and in Ecclesiastes 10:2. He hates knowledge, takes no pleasure in understanding, enjoys wicked schemes, proclaims folly, and much more.
(Read the following verses for more descriptions of a fool – Prov. 1:22; 18:2; 10:23; 12:23; 15:5; 19:1; 12:16; 14:3; 14:9; 14:8; 15:20; 17:25; 19:13; 6:32; 7:1-12; 14:1)
Meanwhile, the wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways. In contrast to the fool who is quick to give false knowledge with their lips the prudent person is wise, patient, and consider their actions before acting hastily.
Consider your past transgressions where restraining your lips would have proven beneficial? Wise? That is being prudent.
Do you have prudent friends who provided wisdom in their remarks with a simple response?
In Amos 5:13, he says “Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times, for the times are evil.” A prudent person will seek good, not evil!
Our enemy seeks to devour and destroy us with our words and foolish ways because he knows our tongue can direct us into God’s care or start a fire!
What type of words will you find on your lips today? Prudence or deception?
Find solace in Psalms 97, He will guard those who are faithful and deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name. Psalms 97:10-12 NIV
After enduring two family members succumbing to cancer, two family friends were killed in the line of duty only then to watch my own husband battle Lymphoma in his 30s. I was at a crossroads with my faith – I could either TRUST GOD or not. I choose to TRUST and CAPTURE our legacy for God’s glory. GOD is knitting our story – I believe in the redeeming love of my Lord and Savior. To tell my story is to tell HIS. How is God knitting YOUR story?