Both the negative and positive aspects of poverty and wealth are covered in the opening verses of this chapter. Verse 14 is a good proverb for both husbands and wives to learn!
One more chapter of Proverbs, one more densely-packed box full of wisdom!
Wealth and poverty are addressed, and its good to note that poverty in and of itself is not wisdom. The poor need God’s wisdom as much as the rich, as much as those in-between.
The foolish son gets a few more stripes laid on – particularly the violent son, as does the sluggard.
The wisdom of steady and measured parental discipline is put forward. Not too little, and not too much. But also, importantly, never losing control and always having righteous (gracious and loving) intent in the discipline.
One verse seems quite helpful when thinking of people in the world around us, our unbelieving friends and family, but also those others we meet and interact with:
V3 says, “When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD.”
People will be angry at God.
You know, being honest, even if we are God’s people we can become angry at Him.
And this proverb particularly points to the absolute wrongness of anger at God for our own folly – even more, it’s RAGE (hot burning molten anger).
In Jesus’ parable in Luke 18 the tax collector has it right, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”.
Humility, as we’ve seen previously, is the key to helping with this, coupled with bringing our troubles to our Father in heaven. Which is Peter’s point in that wonderful passage in 1 Peter 5:
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
This includes when things go wrong because we did something silly/bad!
Almighty Father, please sink us in self that we might rise in Thee! Please plant Your word deep down in us and grow it that we might bear much fruit! And please gracious Father, please show us Jesus!