It is often good to look for a subject to follow on any one reading of the Book of Proverbs. Choose one subject – such as discipline, character, the tongue, work, and find the proverbs that speak to this subject. Verse 18 is always challenging.
We continue to be fed “coin” truths, two sides to each. Wisdom vs Folly. Righteous vs Wicked.
Much of these are devoted to BEHAVIOUR and the consequences of that behaviour. Our thoughts and words and our actions.
If we are thin-skinned and quick to take offence we are a fool (v16).
If we are rash with our words we cannot bring healing (v18).
If we have deceit in our hearts then joy will be far from us (v20).
If we have lying lips then we will not bring the Lord delight (v22).
But if we are wise, then we will ignore insults, we will use our words for building up (healing), we will make plans for peace and not evil, and we will act faithfully towards our God and those around us.
And again, we see that God’s word is internally consistent.
Jesus Himself expounded on and went deeper into the wisdom we find here in these proverbs.
The Beautitudes (Matthew 5) are a great portion of proverbial wisdom from Jesus’ own lips. As is the entire sermon on the mount!
V25 of Proverbs 12 says, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”
To the wise, people of God seeking His wisdom, a good word is a wonderful thing!
Not only do we have the greatest mechanism for dealing with anxiety (1 Peter 5 v6-7, to cast our cares on the Lord), but we are continually being encouraged in His word to encourage one another!
Because we are children of light, because of Jesus and being found in Him, Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
Again with an eye to our eternal home, the writer of Hebrews exhorts us in ch 10, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Praise God that all throughout God’s word we find relevent and worthy wisdom for our daily lives!
Praise God that because we live in Jesus, we are able (through His Spirit) to encourage one another and build one another up – Just as we do here reading God’s word together (but also at all points with God’s people, in whatever form that takes in our lives).