Well it happened… the last few days have been hectic and I couldn’t make time to write. I’m going to try and catch up today; we’ll see how it goes!
While reading through Proverbs 11, I highlighted the verses that spoke to me most:
“Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.”
Aren’t we all guilty of putting our hope and trust in others? Why. Do. We. Do. This??? Let me emphatically say… Others will let us down! People are not perfect! We can’t expect them to be. Jesus is the only one that is perfect. Put your hope in Him alone. *Hope here is referring to your salvation. When we have “hope” in Christ it means that we KNOW He defeated death and died for us so that no matter what we face in this life we will live with Him forever in Heaven.
One more thought on hope… this heavenly hope CAN and DOES translate into our daily lives. Let me give you a couple of examples of how this works. Let’s say your company is in jeopardy of being downsized and if that happens your job may be no longer needed. You may be the only one that provides for your family and you have kids to feed. The Lord knows your need and he sees your future. Trust and have hope in Him that He will provide. Even if your job is ended, God usually has something better in store for us.
Need further proof that the Lord can be our hope in our daily lives? Read my post about how God helped me see that He has better plans for me and how I was thankful here!
“Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.”
First of all, I had to look up the word deride. It means to tease, insult, belittle or ridicule. So, I doubt any of you are gonna stand in your front yard and yell out to your neighbor, “Nana nana boo boo…” Ha! But we do deride folks every day… come on, you know we do! We lean over to our coworker and say things like “What did she do with her hair?” Or “Why does he drive that old hunk of junk?” Or “I heard….”
This verse says that “the one who has understanding holds their tongues.” I think understanding here is about how God loves everyone and we should too. When a neighbor has a trouble or struggle or sin in their life, we should see them through His eyes and instead of deriding them we should remember what Jesus said: “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matt 22:37-39 If we love our neighbor as ourselves, we won’t talk about them. We will treat them like we would want to be treated. With love and respect no matter what they’re going through.
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
I couldn’t imagine being described as a gold ring in a pig’s snout. But the Bible gives this outrageous example to help us see how if we don’t have discretion in our lives (our actions or our speech) then even if we are beautiful (this could also be interchanged with the words “intelligent,” “wealthy,” or “powerful”) that our reputations will be defiled by our lives.
Solomon gives the example of a wife who has departed from her husband and even though she is beautiful, her ways have make her like a gold ring in the snout of the swine that roots at the earth and the excrement. Yuck! It’s important that we not let our actions and words defile our reputations.
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
I love this verse. Think about the sensation of feeling refreshed. It may be a hot shower after a long work day, it may be a cold glass of lemonade after being in the hot sun, or a kind word from a trusted friend after a trying day. Remember, when you give and build others up, you will be filled with joy. I think this old saying is true: “It’s better to give than receive.” Be generous with what you have because it all comes from the Lord. We can’t take it with us, so bless others today!
What did you think about Proverbs 11? Share in the comments below.