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Bible Reading: Proverbs 24.1-4

Proverbs 24:1-4
Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; 2 For their minds devise violence, And their lips talk of trouble. 3 By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; 4 And by knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches.

Welcome to spring! Spring is a time for growth, renewal, and new life. Now that we are beginning Proverbs 24, it would be a great time for us to re-visit a couple of topics which Solomon has already covered and addresses in today’s reading as well: avoiding evil people and employing wisdom.

Surely we have all heard the saying, “You’re judged by the company you keep.” And how true this is. Being around evil people makes it easy to envy the pleasure and prosperity of their sin. Sin has pleasure. Only fools deny it. But there are a few problems with sin that every wise man should consider. The pleasure of sin is very short, and acts of sin by God’s children carry long-term and painful guilt and shame. Just a few verses back in Proverbs 23.17-18 we were already warned: Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the fear of the Lord always. Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off. Solomon repeats himself because this is so crucial. And Paul certainly concurred:  Do not be deceived,  “Bad company corrupts good morals (1 Corinthians 15.33).”

Wise Christians trust Scripture and defy a pleasure-mad world. They crave God’s approval more than honor from sinners. They walk by faith, so their eyes are looking to heaven. They do not envy evil.

Time to look at employing wisdom. Notice earlier how wisdom has already been mentioned. Verses 3-4 mention wisdom, understanding and knowledge; and the various blessings that follow when we use them.

A prosperous and long-lasting family and estate are built by godly wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. There are no shortcuts. There are no alternatives. Please be thankful for our leaders who offer us helps like Financial Peace on a regular basis. If we compromise wisdom we lose, possibly family and estate.

So where do we get the wisdom, understanding and knowledge we need? From God’s Word. Also from the courses offered. Also from godly counsel (which has already been discussed in Proverbs too).

Proverbs 19:20 says, “Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days.” James 1:5-6 says, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But he must ask in faith without any doubting.”

Let’s have a great spring, let’s be renewed by God, let’s grow in wisdom, understanding and knowledge.

Memory Verse: Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; if you find it, then there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.  Proverbs 24.14