A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
In Proverbs 10, a collection of Solomon's proverbs begins which extends all the way to chapter 22. The nature of a wise son, folly of ill-gotten treasures, security of the righteous and advantage of the diligent are discussed in turn.
Make a list of the qualities you find in these chapters which could be developed in you. Ask God to begin showing you today how to grow. Ask Him to begin changing you from the inside out so that you will more readily want to know and do His will in your life. Ask Him to remind you the next time you are about to make an important decision without consulting Him, and when He does, stop for a moment of prayer before you go on. Do not wait for a written note in the clouds, just believe that He can and will be in the decision you make because you have asked Him to.
Several of the proverbs in chapter 10, relate directly to wisdom, and several others contrast the way of the wicked with that of the righteous (much as Psalm 1 does). The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
In chapter 11, dishonesty and wealth are important themes. Human relationships are discussed B particularly in terms of neighbors (v. 12), gossip (v. 13), co-signing for another person's debts (v.15), kindness (vs. 16-17). Once again the contrast between the righteous and the wicked is continuously emphasized: If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!
Chapter 12 emphasizes the heart and outcome of the righteous versus that of the wicked:
God's favor versus His condemnation (v.2), security versus instability (v. 3, 7), caring versus cruelty (v. 10), avoiding trouble versus being trapped in it (v. 13), tolerance versus annoyance (v. 16), joy versus deceit (v. 20). Ultimately, the righteous person stands alone, without reference to the wicked person in verse 28: In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.
Chapter 13 again contains a series of contrasts between the righteous and the wicked, this time with an emphasis on the results of the one or the other: nothing versus satisfaction (v. 4), protection versus destruction (v. 6), guidance versus confusion (v. 9), punishment versus reward (v. 13), poverty and shame versus honor (v. 18), misfortune versus prosperity (v. 21), abundance versus hunger (v. 25).
Clearly, the ones who know and give God His proper place in life are better off than those who ignore Him when it comes to deciding what to think and how to act acting for themselves. Why are we humans so prone to self-centeredness? In a world where only God's blessing is enough to guarantee true success, why are so many people determined to live without it?
8 A. Eugene Pearson 2011