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!
“When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD.”
People will be angry at God.
And you know, if we are honest, even as God’s people there are times that we can become angry at our Lord God.
Especially in the situation as described here, when our own foolishness brings about ruin.
God has given to us very clear direction, and we see it so available here in the book of Proverbs.
Wisdom is life. Folly is death. Wisdom is good for us. Folly is bad for us.
And when we do choose folly, and our way is brought to ruin, what do we do?
Go to the Lord. He knows.
Peter gives us good wisdom on this in 1 Peter chapter 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.”
If we choose folly, and suffer – Instead of anger at God for allowing things to go this way, let us humble ourselves under His hand.
He loves us. He cares for us. He works for our good (even painful though it can be).
Humility is an excellent antidote for man’s anger.
* Holy God,
Please sink us in self that we might rise in You!
Please plant Your word deep down in us today and onwards, and grow it, that we might be good soil and bear much fruit.
Please today, please show us Jesus.