When Solomon became king of Israel after his father David died, He specifically asked God for wisdom to lead the nation. As a result, there was no war in Israel all the days that Solomon ruled. His wisdom was renown in all the known world at that time. Even the Queen of Sheba came to listen to his wise words. Solomon wrote the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. There are thirty-one chapters in Proverbs–one of each day of the week. For the next few days we will look at the nuggets of wisdom found in these wonderful books. I encourage you to take a month and read one chapter of Proverbs each day of that month.
As you read these proverbs, let the Holy Spirit speak to you through them. Listen and you will receive nuggets of truth for your life.
Proverbs Chapter 29
“He who is often rebuked and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan. Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.” (Proverbs 29:1-4)
The king establishes the land by justice, but he who receives bribes overthrows it. A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet. By transgression an evil man is snared, but the righteous sings and rejoices. The righteous considers the cause of the poor, but the wicked does not understand such knowledge. (Proverbs 29:4-7)
Scoffers set a city aflame,, but wise men turn away wrath. If a wise man contends with a foolish man,, whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace. The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, but the upright seek his well-being. A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.” (Proverbs 29:8-11)
If a ruler pays attention to lies, all his servants become wicked. The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: the LORD give light to the eyes of both. The king who judges the poor with truth, his throne will be established forever. The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases; but the righteous will see their fall. Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your soul. (Proverbs 29:9-17)
“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law. A servant will not be corrected by mere words; for though he understands, he will not respond. Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. He who pampers his servant from childhood will have him as a son in the end. An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression. A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.” (Proverbs 18-23)
“Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life; he swears to tell the truth, but reveals nothing. The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe. Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice for man comes from the LORD. An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.” (Proverbs 29:24-27)
The wisdom of God was not reserved for King Solomon alone. He asked for it! He got it! We too can ask for wisdom to help guide our daily lives. Every time we turn on the news we see the results of no wisdom in our leaders and in the people of our nation. But we, as Christians, have in our possession the wisdom of God through His Word: the Bible.
Beloved, I encourage you to pick up your Bible and begin to read it every day. In these troubled times, we must hide His Word in our hearts. His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Your life will begin to change as you devour His Word. You’ll see…