We are now getting into the part of Proverbs that is for any one who will look at it. The beginning of this book of proverbs explains wisdom, folly, gives a theme as to what we will be looking at and then moves along to give wisdom to the young. Chapters 10-29 are general words of wisdom for all who will hear. There are many who do not understand scripture because they are spiritually blind and the Word is “foolishness to them” as the Bible states. But here, in this section, it is not so. Solomon is speaking as the great wise king and he is giving instruction. This is why the subjects jump, and very, at almost every verse. These words pertain to the poor man as well as the rich man; to the wise man as well as the fool; to the prudent man as well as the lazy man. There are a lot of principles in these verses that allow us to obtain some discretion and discernment when dealing with people. Although we are not to turn our back on the poor (19:17, 21:13) we are also to be wise because there are those who are not so much poor as they are lazy (19:15, 19:24, 20:4, 20:13). If we follow the principles laid out in this book, our lives would be much more simple.
As we read these together, I would like to challenge us again with something. It is in our nature to look at examples and immediately think of someone who “fits” the profile of what is being mentioned. As we look at Proverbs together lets try and apply each one of them to our own lives and situations. We would do well to remember these two proverbs from today’s reading:
Proverbs 21:2 “Every way of man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.”
Proverbs 20:6 “Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man?”