These proverbs cover a wide range of life from personal wisdom, to behaviour before those senior to you in your employment, to mission statements, to dealing with fools.
How good are these proverbs! How much wisdom is here!
The right words are blessing!
Don’t place your trust in fools, in angry and treacherous men, don’t give them honor!
And too, in 26 v4-5 we have that duality of proverbs, the coin-truths. Both sides reflecting truth.
And more, there is a very strong picture here of the spiritual life, of salvation and condemnation.
26 v12 says, “Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”
God’s word says that in a way, we are fools when we trust in Jesus (from the world’s point of view, 1 Cor 1).
Thinking we are better than we are, this is spoken directly about in 25 v6-7, “Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great, for it is better to be told, ‘Come up here,’ than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.”
There is practical “in this world” wisdom here.
But layered and deeper is the wisdom of our spiritual destination.
What is the answer for those who THINK they are in Christ because they are good people? Jesus tells us (Matt 22) that they will be cast into the outer darkness, “In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
What a clear warning this is for us!
And yet how easy it is for us to slip a foot sideways on this path – A little glimmer of pride in self, a sprinkle of self-worth in our own thoughts and deeds.
Which is why we must keep coming back to God’s word, the TRUTH MIRROR.
“Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”
Our Hope is JESUS. The foolishness of the cross. What the world considers madness.
Oh that we would hear Jesus say “Come up here,” rather than “Leave this place.”
* Sovereign God, you are HOLY. We are BROKEN. Not even a day, or an hour, or even a moment goes by without our sin poisoning our thoughts, our words, our actions. But gracious and loving Father, THANK YOU that not a moment passes without Your Spirit at work, through all things, for our good.
May we be a humble people Lord, recognising our desperate need for You, and our utter inability to have anything worthy of pride in us or generated by us.
May we see and recognise Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, the true captain of our souls, the only master of our fate.