Proverbs 20: 3-29

The power of God’s Wisdom # 2
Reading: Proverbs 20: 3-29

Since last week, we are reading the Proverbs.
The Proverbs deals with many topics.
So let’s go through some topics that the Proverbs covers.

For example: Proverbs 17:18 says:
“One who has no sense, shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor.”

Proverbs 11:15 says:
“Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer.
But whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.”

Proverbs 20:16 says:
“Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger.
Hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.”

Proverbs 22:26-27 says:
Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts.
If you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.

The Proverbs forbid his people to shake hands in pledge:
The Proverbs forbid his people about this again and again and again: Proverbs 6:1-5; 11:15; 17:18; 20:16; 22:26; 27:13

The wise was like:
“Please don’t make this mistake.
People made this mistakes again and again.
So a lot of people lost a lot.
So put up security for a neighbor.
But instead give generously to the poor.”

The wise may warn like this:
Learn what you have before you lose it.

So the wise may say:
“It is not about how much you have.
It is about how much you could keep for those whom you love.
Concerning financial matters, our game is not really about gaining more and more and more and more.
It is about how much you could keep.
God gives and multiples abundantly.
So if you learn to grow your money slowly, you see God’s abundance.
Those who learn to keep God’s blessing, experience God’s abundance to share with the poor.”

Next, Proverbs 13:7 says:
One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing.
Another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

What was it saying?
“Don’t try to impress those who you don’t know.
Don’t buy things to impress those you don’t know.
Save money for those whom you love and know.”

The Proverbs also talks about how to recognize a good life partner:
Proverbs 31:30 says:
“Charm is deceptive.
Beauty is fleeting.
But a person who fears God is to be praised.”

The wise know what is important to have a blessed life:
So they cherish those who fear God.
They are friends of those who fear God.

Proverbs 31:31 says:
“Give a person the reward she or he has earned.
Let their works bring them praise at the city gate.”
The wise ask people to respect their good life partner:

The wise also warns against wrong partners in life: (Proverbs 21:9)
“Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome person.”

Proverbs 21:19 says:
It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry person.

The wise value a good and peaceful emotional life.
So they are far away from those who tend to become easily angry, critical, moody and opinionated.
Some may like to fight and argue.
They may have unrealistic expectation about things and people.
So they may initiate a fight or enjoy fighting, because then they may feel alive, excited, and important.
But the wise choose to be peaceful.

So the wise ask:
“Back down from their meaningless games.
Some could not be happy because they could not give up what is not necessary.
Give up what you need to give up.
Then learn to find peace in your heart.”

The wise know how to control their emotion.
They are matured emotionally and can be a good life partner.
The wise are agreeable, submissive, warm, kind, and cheerful.
The wise feel comfortable when there is peace, as Jesus gives peace to his people.
So they are kind to all and forgive all as God forgives them.

The wise also take good care of their inner need.
So they know how to help those who have inner illness, inner discomfort, or inner discontentment in their hearts.
They invite God to heal these people so that they may experience God’s peace.

Jesus explains like this: Matthew 12:33
“Make a tree good.
Its fruit will be good.
Make a tree bad.
Its fruit will be bad.
A tree is recognized by its fruit.”

When people welcome Jesus Christ into their hearts as their Lord and Savior, Jesus could come and create a new heart in them and produce good fruits.
The light of Jesus could remove all the darkness in their hearts.
Then they may become like Jesus.
They may learn to live like Jesus.
They may live graciously like Jesus.
They cannot lie, gossip and flatter, because Jesus is in their hearts.
Their hearts do not feel comfortable even when they think of evil.

Jesus saves his people so that they may be good.
Jesus sows love, forgiveness and grace in his name.
In this way, Jesus creates inner peace so that his people may love and serve and help the poor.

But Jesus also spoke like this against the Pharisees: Matthew 12:34-37
“You children of Satan!
How can you who are evil say anything good?
For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him.
An evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

“But everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
For by your words you will be freed.
By your words you will be condemned.”

Jesus is sowing good seeds.
But Satan is sowing bad seeds in this world.
Satan sows lie and hatred, murderous thoughts, and various wicked words. through his people.
Satan may seduce them saying like this:
“You need to fight, gossip, lie and flatter in order to survive in this society.”

But Jesus say:
God is in control.
God can take care of you.
So love God and fear God only.
Humbly trust in God who gives you peace.
Learn to have my faith.
Meditate on what I say.
Cherish them in your hearts.
And humbly love people and do what is right.”

Jesus says: John 6:38-39
“I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
The will of him who sent me is that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.”

Jesus came to sow God’s seeds for God’s great harvest.
Jesus sows good seeds so that he could produce godly people who live in the faith of Jesus.
Then Jesus will raise them up at the last day.

Let’s think about a last topic that Proverbs covers.
Proverbs 20:24 speaks in faith:
“A person’s steps are directed by God.”

What does it say?
The wise may say:
“God is in control.
So repent if you have to and then don’t regret.
Give up all hope of having a different past.
Instead, learn from your past.”

Even if you made mistakes, you learned and grew in wisdom.
Now you grew enough to notice you made mistakes!
So now you may help and guide other people to find a better path.
You may use your experience to help other people.

When we return to God, God turns our experience into a life lesson to teach others.
God may use our experience and produce wisdom out of it and guide us to help many people.

Proverbs 16:9 says:
In their hearts humans plan their course.
But the Lord establishes their steps.

Again sometimes, because our plan fails, we find God’s plan which is better.
Then we realize God knows the best.
God creates us and knows how we should live for God.

Like this, the more God is involved in our life, the more we have faith.
The more we have faith, the more God is able to be involved in our lives.

So we allow Jesus to freely direct our steps.
Jesus is the most powerful.
So we ask Jesus to work freely and powerfully.
Then we learn to be with Jesus, and learn to live with Jesus.

When we learn to live with Jesus, we feel happy.
When we surrender all to Jesus, we learn that he has already prepared a better future for us.

Like this when we learn how Jesus works and how to work with God, we may plan better.
Then as we learn to live with Jesus, God bless our lives.
As we move along with Jesus, we see God’s great works.
As we move with Jesus, we see God’s miracles before our own eyes.
As we learn of Jesus and listen to him, we enjoy our journey of faith.

Then the Bible promises this kind of blessings: Deuteronomy 28:2-6:
“As you obey the Lord your God, you will experience all these blessings:
Your towns and your fields will be blessed.
Your children and your crops will be blessed.
Your investments will be blessed.
Your house and its items will be blessed.
Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed.

Psalm 121:5-8 also says:
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
So the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm.
He will watch over your life.
The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

God bless us beyond our imagination.
Then as we experience God more and more as, we gain understanding.
Then we become wise in God.

God directs our steps to experience God’s blessings: Proverbs 20:24
So we want to plan according to God’s plan.
We want to do what God wants as God guides us and loves to work in our lives and to be with us.
Then God gives God’s blessed peace in our lives.

May we allow God to work freely within us to do what is good.
May we trust in God who watch over us now and forever.
May we live all our life in the name of Jesus.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you.
Thank you for using our life to show your glory.
May we be filled with your words, faith, love so that we may live in your blessings.
In Jesus name, we pray.