Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Proverbs 14

What an amazing chapter!  There is so much richness of wisdom in it.  I almost want to write the whole thing out and post it like that.  However, I will focus on the 2 or 3 verses that really stand out for me.

Vs 1:  Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one pulls it down with her hands.
WOW - no pressure right?
How are you building your home?

How does she do this?

  • With her words:  Do they encourage, teach, show love, esteem, or do the wound, break down, bring negativity into her family's life?
  • With her attitude:  Does she see the funny side of things, is her attitude positive in general despite circumstances, or does she have a lousy attitude, filled with resentment and negativity?
  • With her servant heart:  Does she find ways to serve her family, lending a hand, day to day chores done without moaning, or does she expect to be served, waited on, hand and foot?

Vs 5
:  A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness will utter lies.

There is great wisdom in telling the truth.  You don't have to remember what you said before because the truth is the truth.  Something that comes to mind - to lead someone to believe something by omission, ie not actually telling them a lie, is still a lie!  Just a thought!

Vs 14:  The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above.
This verse tells of being content when close to God, but discontentment starts to fill your heart as you slide away from God and His word.  You could use this as a check of your spirit - 'Am I discontent?  Have I spent time with the Lord and in His word?'

Vs 16:  A wise man fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident.
There is no shame in running from evil.  In fact, it is wise to do so!

Vs 29:  He who is slow to wrath/anger has great understanding, but he who is impulsive exacts folly.
Well, this tells me to bite my lip and count .... yes, just keep counting!  Otherwise you will exact folly!

I remember being behind a car at a robot where the arrow was green to turn left (Americans might say we drive on the 'wrong' side of the road - but - its the 'left' side of the road - just saying ... :)  But it was also the lane which goes straight for which the robot was red.  Had I counted, my senses would have picked this up (eventually!) and I would not have hooted impatiently for the car in front to go.  They were going straight!!  So, I exacted folly upon myself!  Thank goodness for tinted windows, it hid my embarrassment!

My encouragement to you is to read Proverbs.  There are 31 chapters, one for each day of the month.  You can only benefit and grow.  This book is amazing in its practicality and depth.

God bless


  1. A friend and I are studying Proverbs right now, too.

    Thanks for sharing your insights.


  2. I know exactly which robots you are talking about and if the people going straight moved over to the right just a tad, people who know the size of their cars (like you and me) could still get through...just saying.
    Missed you at school today :/
    PS I love my tinted windows too.

  3. "With her servant's heart." I've been trying to do acts of service more often for my husband and Emily. I find it easy to help others but I have to force myself to think "what can I do to make their load lighter today?" This was such an excellent post and gave me much food for thought.


  4. Wow! What you said about verse 14 really speaks to my heart. I believe God has been telling me exactly that...get back into His word and my soul will be at peace again. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and also for your prayers.
    God bless you...Chelle



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