Day 10. This Chapter is one of my favorites. I really enjoy the chapters that read like a plethora of fortune cookies. Don’t get me wrong I like the ones that have a focused direction as well, but these do a little something extra for me. Every 10th of the month there’ll be a new one that sticks out to you. You may end up getting stuck on the same one, but every month you’ll find that you’re dealing with something in this chapter.
My favorite is verse 25… “When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.”
My wife and I have been going through a lot over the past year or two. We have had financial struggles galore. Trying to short sell a house. Both of us are trying to transition with our jobs/careers. In other words, we are in the same boat as most of this economically messed up country. However, I love what Solomon says here… When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but… but what? The righteous stand firm forever.
Remember that Proverbs is general wisdom, not promises from heaven. Except that this particular passage can be backed up in scripture. What does it mean to be righteous? Righteous means right standing. In Biblical terms, right standing with God. So, it means that you are in God’s will, focused on Him and He on you. The Bible tells us that we as Christians are the Righteousness of Christ.
Romans 3:22 reads, “We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.”
We are made right (or righteous) by placing our faith in Christ – no matter who you are!!!
David says that he has never seen the righteous forsaken. No child of God begs for bread. Our promise is that if we are righteous, which we are because of Christ, and we stay fast in our faith, we will persevere… we will survive any storm.
Look at the life of Job. He lost everything. For the sake of me not quoting the whole book of Job, (which you should read and be familiar with) I’ll break it down simply. He lost his house, his livelihood, his children and many friends. God left him his wife and a few friends who turned out to give him grief. But when Satan challenged the LORD, the LORD said that Job will not turn his back… he is righteous.
Job kept his right standing with God, and, in the end he weathered the storm and made it through, gaining all of his previous wealth back. He had more children, more livestock and a nicer home. Isn’t that God? More, better, awesome.
Proverbs of Solomon
1 The proverbs of Solomon:
A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish son grief to his mother.
2 Ill-gotten treasures are of no value,
but righteousness delivers from death.
3 The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
4 Lazy hands make a man poor,
but diligent hands bring wealth.
5 He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
7 The memory of the righteous will be a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot.
8 The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
9 The man of integrity walks securely,
but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.
10 He who winks maliciously causes grief,
and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
12 Hatred stirs up dissension,
but love covers over all wrongs.
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.
14 Wise men store up knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,
but poverty is the ruin of the poor.
16 The wages of the righteous bring them life,
but the income of the wicked brings them punishment.
17 He who heeds discipline shows the way to life,
but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
18 He who conceals his hatred has lying lips,
and whoever spreads slander is a fool.
19 When words are many, sin is not absent,
but he who holds his tongue is wise.
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
21 The lips of the righteous nourish many,
but fools die for lack of judgment.
22 The blessing of the LORD brings wealth,
and he adds no trouble to it.
23 A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct,
but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.
24 What the wicked dreads will overtake him;
what the righteous desire will be granted.
25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
but the righteous stand firm forever.
26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so is a sluggard to those who send him.
27 The fear of the LORD adds length to life,
but the years of the wicked are cut short.
28 The prospect of the righteous is joy,
but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
29 The way of the LORD is a refuge for the righteous,
but it is the ruin of those who do evil.
30 The righteous will never be uprooted,
but the wicked will not remain in the land.
31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
but a perverse tongue will be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is fitting,
but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.