Scripture Text Thought(s) Prov 22:1 “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” What others think matters. Prov 22:2 “Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.” Common ground. Prov 22:4 “Humility isContinue Reading

Chances are if we’re living lives that are pleasing to God, then we’re likely to find favor with those who lead us (Prov 21:1). While it’s no sure guarantee that favor from our leaders indicates we’re living rightly before God, it is a metric to consider. Sacrificial living has limitedContinue Reading

The means of a child’s happiness are not so much what they receive from their parents, but what they see in their parents. Doing the right things, obeying God, settling accounts with others all yield blessing (happiness) for our children (Prov 20:7), as well as for us. Everyone loves aContinue Reading

A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the LORD. (Pr 19:3) When a “fall guy” is needed for our negative circumstances, we readily acknowledge God’s sovereignty (Prov 19:3). Nevermind our impetuous choices along the way and the untethered zeal with which we’ve lunged ourselvesContinue Reading

Just a few observations today. Whether self, fame, or riches, we all have something in which we put our faith and trust. Prov 18:10-11 reminds us of two sources for our confidence and the two kinds of people our confidence produces: 1) those who are safe and 2) those whoContinue Reading

Those who think too highly of their economic achievements likely have few empathic skills and harbor contempt toward the poor (Prov 17:5). Empathy is uniquely human and is quite possibly part of the imago Dei (image of God within). Due to our sinful nature, which constantly seeks to diminish orContinue Reading

Heading downhill from this series on Proverbs, we come to one of my favorites. Several times the sage insists that God alone is the sovereign One. He alone controls all things. A plain reading of Proverbs 16:1, 4, 9, 11 suggests there is no getting around the fact that GodContinue Reading

In this series I have purposively chosen not to consult any commentaries or supplemental readings. These fragments (pensées) or ruminations are strictly my own. The objective in blogging my way through Proverbs is twofold 1) to read regularly the Word of God and 2) to gain more of the wisdomContinue Reading

Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. (Proverbs 14:10) I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of this proverbial saying. Everyone, on some level or another, can relate to it. Some time ago I wrote a rather pensive essay on this proverbial saying.Continue Reading

A wise person is unmistakable: she learns by her mistakes (Prov 13:1, 13, 18), uses her words to produce and sustain goodness for others (13:2-3), finds satisfaction in her diligent efforts (13:4), loves the truth (13:5), finds protection in living consistently with her beliefs (13:6) and modestly with her wealthContinue Reading

In the Bible, foolishness is most often an ethical concept and goes beyond a lack of native intelligence. Although the fool might be one who acts boorishly, naively, or imprudently (e.g., Prov. 10:23; 20:3; cf. 21:20), he is more particularly one who lacks the wisdom which comes with the knowledgeContinue Reading