Monday, November 16, 2015

Proverbs 10:9-13: Trouble. With a capital "T".

He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known. He who winks with the eye causes trouble, but a prating fool will fall. The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked. Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins. Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, but a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding. Proverbs 10:9-13

Walks: of moral and religious life
Integrity: (morally) innocence
Securely: assurance, boldly, without care, confidence, hope
Perverts: make crooked, distorts
Ways: of moral action and character
Become known: be revealed, discovered, of person

Winks: blink the eyes (as a gesture of malice)
Trouble: hurt, injury, pain
Fall: ruined, fail

Hatred: exceedingly hateful
Stirs up: awakens
Strife: discord
Covers: conceal
Sins: transgression against individuals

Wisdom: ethical and religious
Understanding: intelligent, discreet, discerning
Rod: staff for smiting
Back: body
Devoid: needy, lacking, in want of
Understanding: the will and even the intellect

Trouble. With a capital "T". And I'm not talking about "pool" (The Music Man)

Yes, TROUBLE! Where does trouble begin? It begins in the heart. When one ignores and has a hatred for wisdom, trouble takes root and begins to fester and grow. And then that leads to attitudes and those attitudes are then put into action. 

We see it and hear about it each and every day in the news. We see the results of ignoring God's moral laws and what happens when everyone is left to do what is right in their own eyes. Sin and lawlessness becomes the norm and with it the strife, discontentment, destruction and death. 

Wisdom and understanding will followed brings security and hope. What a contrast to the aftermath that foolishness leaves behind. 

Trouble. With a capital "T". It all begins in the heart! When a heart is permeated with a deeps sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG), then wisdom will reign and bring security and hope!

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