Who is ready for Proverbs 10?!
Get excited about this word, because it is good! Some of you may know that I have a podcast called, Whoa, That’s Good!. The concept of the podcast is to ask influential people this question, “What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given, and how did it shape who you are and what you do?” I feel like chapter 10 of Proverbs is a Whoa, That’s Good episode with Solomon, because everything is so good! There are actually so many good one-liner-lessons in this chapter that I decided it would be more like putting some important tools in your toolbox, as my bible study leader used to say, than a one topic lesson. Each verse in this chapter speaks for itself. Let’s dive in!
Verse 2 (TPT): “Gaining wealth through dishonesty is no gain at all. But honesty brings you a lasting happiness.”
I was in an uber once and could tell the guy who was driving me was upset. I ended up getting into a conversation with him where he told me that he is the emptiest person I will ever meet. I asked him why he felt like that way and he began to share his story. He said, “I thought if I moved away from my family and made money then I would be happy. Now, I have more money than I ever thought I would have, but I am emptier than I have ever been.” This is a guy who moved away from everything in search for happiness through money and ended up with nothing. I think that uber driver is a prime example of who this verse is speaking too. I’m not saying he earned his money dishonestly, but he learned that money doesn’t bring happiness.
Verses 4-5: “Slackers will know what it means to be poor, while the hard worker becomes wealthy. Know the importance of the season you’re in and a wise son you will be. But what a waste when an incompetent son sleeps through his day of opportunity!”
Here is a link to a sermon I preached called Don’t Waste The Waiting. It is echoing all that this verse is saying. Sometimes, in expectation of what we want God to do in our future season, we sit down in the season we are currently in. It is SO important we do not get lazy. God has so much He can teach you RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE and those are the things that will prepare you for what is to come.
Verse 9: “The one who walks in integrity will experience a fearless confidence in life, but the one who is devious will eventually be exposed.”
My mom told us when Duck Dynasty started not to hide anything, for hidden things carry the danger of exposure. Whether what we were trying to hide was ever exposed or we constantly worried that it would be exposed, life would be miserable. Either way is not a fun way to live. My mom’s advice and this verse, I can say from personal experience, hold true! I have been able to experience, and even write about, living with a fearless confidence by living honestly and authentically – not perfect – but with integrity. The definition of integrity is the state of being whole and undivided. When you chose a path and walk into it wholeheartedly (again not perfect, but honest) a sense of confidence follows.
Verse 12: “Hatred keeps old quarrels alive, but love draws a veil over every insult and finds a way to make sin disappear.” Verse 17-19: “If you readily receive correction, you are walking on the path to life. But if you reject rebuke, you’re guaranteed to go astray. The one who hides his hatred while pretending to be your friend is nothing but a liar. But the one who slanders you behind your back proves that he’s a fool, never to be trusted. If you keep talking, it won’t be long before you’re saying something really wrong. Prove you’re wise from the very start— just bite your tongue and be strong!”
PREACH. You may want to read these verses again! I put them together because sometimes a lot of little pills are hard to swallow and it’s better to just take them all at the same time! I am going to ask you some questions to think about to help you navigate through these verses.
- Who can you choose to love instead of replaying what they did to you over and over in your head?
- How well do you handle correction?
- Who can you choose to bite your tongue around, to make your relationship right again? Good friend, Elizabeth Hasselback, says, “May we never be so right that we are wrong with people.”
- Who do you need to be honest with?
Here’s something important to remember: Do the hard thing to be the right person.
I will end with the last verse in chapter 10.
Verse 32: “Words that bring delight pour from the lips of the godly, but the words of the wicked are duplicitous.”
Choose words that bring delight to those around you. It will make their day!