Following Proverbs: A Word To The Wise
Every country has its proverbs or wise sayings. Most of us grew up with wise sayings and proverbs we learned from our grandparents or our parents.
This is human wisdom, based on human observation and common sense proverbs, such as: “Nothing ventured — Nothing gained”; “A fool and his money are soon parted”; “Early to bed — early to rise — makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
Proverbs from other countries include: “Age is nothing to boast about — you get it for nothing” (Norway); “The devil tempts you but never forces you” (Guana); “Love your neighbor, but don’t tear down the fence” (Germany); “Coffee and love are best when hot” (Germany); “Don’t complain that the rose bush has thorns; be glad the thorn bush has roses” (Spain).
Proverbs contain a bit of truth in a nutshell. Following them helps us better understand and appreciate the fullness of life.
The Book of Proverbs in the Bible contains a higher wisdom. These wise sayings were given to Solomon by the all-wise, all-knowing, all-understanding God. God’s truths apply to every person, in every country, through every age, and to every human situation. Throughout Proverbs, a father is instructing his son (1:1-3) that the son might learn the way of wise dealings, righteousness, justice and equality. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge/wisdom; fools despise wisdom…” (1:7). Reverence for God is where knowledge and understanding and wisdom originate.
Those who do not show reverence for the Lord God are fools! Our world is filled with fools who have no clue what life is truly about because they have pushed God out of the picture. I rarely listen to the news media — they’re all fools; so why should I take seriously what they have to say? They spout only lies and half-truths. Same goes for Hollywood — why waste my time supporting a bunch of fools who are out of touch with real-life! And then there are the politicians — many do not believe there is a God — and these fools we’ve elected are running and ruining our country. For our Father God has made it clear (1: 22-33), “Because I have called and
you refused to listen; have stretched out my hand and no one heeded; and you have ignored my counsel … I will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when panic strikes you; when distress and anguish come upon you — then you will call upon me and I will not answer.” A word to the wise: I’d much rather go with God and have it all than go against God and wind up with nothing! That’s hell!
Don’t be fooled by all the “fools” around you!