Proverbs 3: 21-35 (ESV)
My son, do not lose sight of these—
keep sound wisdom and discretion,
and they will be life for your soul
and adornment for your neck.
Then you will walk on your way securely,
and your foot will not stumble.
If you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Do not be afraid of sudden terror
or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,
for the LORD will be your confidence
and will keep your foot from being caught.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to do it.
Do not say to your neighbour, “Go, and come again,
tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
Do not plan evil against your neighbour,
who dwells trustingly beside you.
Do not contend with a man for no reason,
when he has done you no harm.
Do not envy a man of violence
and do not choose any of his ways,
for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD,
but the upright are in his confidence.
The LORD’S curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
Toward the scorners he is scornful,
but to the humble he gives favour.
The wise will inherit honour,
but fools get disgrace.
Sometimes I get the impression that Solomon is a bit verbose and repetitive. But I guess he can argue that if we claim we made the wrong choice because we didn’t understand – he can claim that it is because we plugged our ears! The first few verses continue to add more blessings to those who are wise. We do well to note that this is not an insurance policy against problems but grants stability in them. We are still flesh and blood with the problems that the fall into sin has brought but confidence in the LORD is a stabiliser, a strength, even a victory, in the midst of the troubled world through which we all walk.
Treat your neighbour well.
Don’t stir up unnecessary strife.
Don’t be jealous of the rotter who seems to prosper.
Remember where the curse falls and on whom the blessing rests.
Prayer: Help me to have honesty and integrity as I consider these issues – they seem either irrelevant if the concept is wrong or all important if correct.