I hope you’re enjoying the journey through Proverbs. Today’s reading in chapter 22 is a review and summary of the main themes we’ve dealt with so far in the book.
Verses 22-23 – The Golden Rule: “Do to others as you would like them to do to you.” Luke 6:31
Verses 24-25 – Bad company corrupts good character. Be careful who you spend time with – you will become just like them!
Verses 26-27 – Be very cautious about how you invest your money. This can cause you great grief. A simple guideline: 10% to God, 10% to savings, live on 80%.
Verse 28 – Don’t cheat others – God is watching. This is true in our taxes, our breaks at work, with clients or customers, at the grocery store, etc, etc, etc. You get the point – don’t cheat others.
Verse 29 – Have a good work ethic – don’t be lazy. Laziness produces “hungriness”.
We’ve seen these themes over and over in the first part of this book – now Solomon is reinforcing them so we won’t forget.
Verses 17-21 says it so well…
“Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction. For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart and always ready on your lips. I am teaching you today—yes, you—so you will trust in the LORD. I have written thirty sayings for you, filled with advice and knowledge. In this way, you may know the truth…”
Review today – Listen, obey, and change.
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. James 1:22
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor