August 03, 2020 – Monday
Proverbs 14:14-16 NIV
14 The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs.
15 The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.
16 The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.
Proverbs are so full of wisdom, I am tempted to detour through all of them, but will wait until we have gone through all the verses on believing and belief first. Today, our focus is on Proverb 14:15, while verses 14 and 16 are provided for context often showing each verse of Proverbs is its own independent truth.
As an aside, I recommend every married couple go through Proverbs every month for six to twelve months. Start with the first day of the month on Proverbs 1 on through to the last day of the month with Proverbs 31 or 30/31. Each day start with a short prayer and keep a notebook on what verse in that day’s Proverbs jumped out at you or touched your heart or stepped on your toes. After several months compare what you found each month in each chapter of Proverbs. You will be surprised at the range of your discoveries. Even as you do this you will be surprised at various chapters. I recall doing this with my bride, Sharon, and we would ask each other “Is that verse really in that chapter? How did we miss it over 2 or 3 or more months and are only now seeing it?” It becomes an adventure of discovery on what the Holy Spirit will bring to your attention month by month.
That being said, let us now look at verse 15 from above, The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. It is interesting to look at the prior and following verses when we might ask “What do we mean by the simple? How about faithless and those without the wisdom to fear the Lord and shun evil. I this we all have met individuals who seem to believe anything and everything, even changing week to week as the media presents one position after another. A person who will believe anything is a person of immense gullibility. This is usually a result of not believing anything as a foundation for their life. Or as an aphorism attributed to Alexander Hamilton said, “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.”
How about the second half of this verse in contrast to the first half: the prudent give thought to their steps. What this means is the prudent will consider what is presented to them but will carefully deliberate on whether he or she should act upon it. This chapter of Proverbs mention the prudent twice with similar focus. Looking at the first part of verse eight we read The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways which is very much the same thought in our verse of the day.
As Christians we should be standing on our faith day in and day out. 1 Corinthians 16:13 puts it this way, Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. And in Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery [to sin]. Finally, from James 1:5 we have If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. We have only to ask!
It’s Monday and I hope all of you have a wonderful week filled with God’s blessings.