A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes. From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence. Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin. A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves. Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner. One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. A person’s riches may ransom their life, but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes. The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out. Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded. The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death. Good judgment wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction. All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly. A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy brings healing. Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored. A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil. Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things. A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. An unplowed field produces food for the poor, but injustice sweeps it away. Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them. The righteous eat to their hearts’ content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry. Vs 1-25
Do you consider yourself to be a hard worker who’s easily motivated, or are you more the lazy type who needs a lot of motivation?
In the areas of our life we seek God and experience His wisdom, we desire to better ourselves through the counsel of others and look for opportunities to learn and grow. When you complete a task you feel a sense of accomplishment and enjoy taking time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. You enjoy the work you’re doing and are often thanked and showed how much you’re appreciated. When it’s time for change, you recognize the task at hand, the hard work that is to come, but immediately look to see how you can help. You have no problem standing up for those who are good and honest. You take time to think over a situation and take in all that needs to be said before speaking. If you identify with these, then you are probably a diligent hard worker. These things don’t come naturally, or last for long when done in your own power. It’s some of the rewards we receive for seeking the will of God and being obedient to His call on our life.
When working on a task and others offer their opinion or help you’re offended and tell them you’ve got it. You never feel a sense of accomplishment or seem to be able to find the light at the end of the tunnel. When you do finish something you feel unsatisfied, so you look for the next thing to do. When you offer help to someone, you expect them to show their appreciation, but usually don’t get it and make a mental note not to offer them help again. When people suggest change you get frustrated and prefer things would just stay the same. Instead of offering help, because it seems pointless to you, you sit back and watch to see what happens, expecting failure. Always telling people the way it is makes sense to you, and you don’t see why everyone wouldn’t want to hear about all the wonderful things you had to say. When around people, you sense they’re trying to avoid you, but can’t understand why. I think someone with this view is looking to the world and those in it for their self worth. If they looked to God, He would be able to change their heart. This can fill the emptiness they felt. An emptiness only God can fill. Is there an area in your life where you feel empty or alone?
My prayer for us today ~