Fol­low­ing Proverbs: A Word To The Wise

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - By Dr. Don Kuehle United Methodist, Re­tired Jack­son, MO DR. DON KUEHLE IS A RE­TIRED UNITED METHODIST MIN­IS­TER WHO LIVES IN JACK­SON. OPIN­IONS ARE THOSE OF THE AU­THOR.

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!

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