The Purpose of Proverbs is to impart wisdom for godly living.
Solomon’s fathering advice to young people and all who seek wisdom will greatly benefit from these wise words. Discover the source of wisdom, the value of wisdom and the benefits of wisdom. Proverbs gives practical suggestions for effective living. They should call a person to action. The verses tell how you can live in close relationship to Him and offers positive advice that helps you to make good and righteous decisions. – notes of the Life Application Study Bible
I hope your reading the chapters with me.
“The day of wrath” refers to when we die or to the time when God settles accounts with all people. On judgment day, each person will stand alone, accountable for all of his or her deeds. At that time, no amount of riches will buy reconciliation with God. Only our love for God and obedience to him will count. (Life Application Study Bible)
This chapter continues to speak about the consequences of the righteous and the wicked. Whether you make a good choice or a bad choice…they both yield consequences. There will be a reaction to your action. Which team are you choosing to be on?
We were all given free will to make whatever decision we want. But the Word of God tells us that those who choose to make God decisions will be rescued, reconciled, redeemed, restored, and covered by God. God’s covering doesn’t stop life from happening to you, but you are not alone in it, you have someone and something to lean on, gain strength from and guidance.
Verse 14 is something I live by…”Where there is no counsel the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” I use the people God has put in my life. I go to them, talk with them, get advice from them and direction. I don’t pride myself in making decisions all by myself. I know for me that is not helpful and my way of thinking is not always right. I would rather have good solid advice to follow me than to have human wisdom that may only be a temporary fix. One person’s perspective and understanding is severely limited. (not all the facts, blinded by bias, emotions or wrong impressions) Develop the ability to make right decisions.
God neither sleeps nor slumbers. He sees EVERYTHING! What you miss seeing, God sees. You will not go unpunished if you do wrong. God will either deal with you here on earth or on judgment day.
Your words can hurt like weapons or they can build up like tools. Sadly, most times people will use their words to destroy. Most people have received more destructive comments than those that build up. Let your words make a difference in someone’s life. Uplift, comfort and encourage.