Bobbe Pennington, KidFusion Small Group Leader, Grades 4&5
What strikes me as I read through these proverbs are all of the comparisons made:
“A wise woman builds her house; a foolish woman tears hers down with her own hands.” (14:1)
“The talk of fools is a rod for their backs, but the words of the wise keep them out of trouble.” (14:3)
“Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.” (14:9)
“A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is a traitor.” (14:25)
“Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who help the poor honor him.” (14:31)
“Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” (15:4)
“If you reject criticism you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.” (15:32)
“It is better to be patient than powerful; it is better to have self-control than to conquer a city.” (16:32)
In life, we have choices. The Bible gives us wise advice, which we don’t always choose to follow. Proverbs 16:2 tells us that “people may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.”
Seeking to follow God and His words of wisdom is a lifelong journey. In Christ, I have learned that this journey is MORE than just striving. In fact, the more I strive to make right choices, think pure thoughts, serve God with a whole heart…the more I see my shortcomings. Earlier in my walk with Christ, this led to discouragement, a critical spirit, and the sense that I could never be good enough. And that’s the truth! I can never be a perfect person. Jesus died to free me from myself. My Savior has saved me. His grace has led me into a relationship with a loving Father. His Holy Spirit teaches me as I am open to His words in scripture.
In life, we have choices.