Proverbs 22 | Jud Heald
In 1 Kings 3, King Solomon makes a huge sacrifice to the Lord. The Lord appears to him and says “Ask what shall I give you? Solomon claims I am but a kid and I do not know how to come in, or go out before this great nation, “give your servant Understanding that I may discern good and evil that I may know how to govern. For who is able to govern this great people”
The Lord gave him wisdom and honor and riches, because he asked for wisdom and not other vain things.
Proverbs 22 is just a drop in the bucket of 31 chapters that we all would do good to make apart of our lives yearly. Here are some nuggets, but I encourage you to open up the word for yourself and grab the whole counsel!
1.A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.
3. The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.
4.The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. 5.Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul will keep far from them.
6.Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the traitor 17 Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you.
24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.
26 Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts. If you have nothing with which to pay, why should your bed be taken from under you?
29 Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.” There is so much here to glean from the right and wrong things to do and if we dig in it will bless our lives and the lives around us. We work not as unto men, but as unto the Lord
I hope that you do have a blessed day and seek the Lord through prayer, His word, and may his presence indwell in you as you live out your days.
We are reminded that life is short and tomorrow is promised to no one.