Proverbs 13:9 – Bright Lights

The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:9

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 12:7, 13:6

Light/lamp references: Job 18:5,6Prov 4:18,19

My thoughts:

Our choices in life often tend to affect what kind of life we have. If we determine to live only for self, pushing others who interfere aside, what kind of life would we end up with? We’ll lose any chance at deep relationships, have a very small view of the world, and be in open rebellion of our Maker.

This proverb talks of life with the metaphorical use of lights and lamps. People’s lifestyles affect the brightness of their life-light. The righteous has a bright lamp, as they are living the life they were created for, loving neighbour and God as best they can. The wicked’s lamp is put out before it’s time, reflecting the dangerous behaviour they exhibit.

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Our lives aren’t easy or guaranteed to be long for any of us, but its always worth seeking the One who created us to be righteous. In him our life-light can shine brightly.

 

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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Proverbs 12:26 – Picking Friends

The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. – Proverbs 12:26

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 18:24; 22:24-25

My thoughts:

How do you pick your friends? I know for myself people can come into my life and I’m drawn to them, not thinking about their character too much. It can be easy to connect with people at an emotional or intellectual level, but not delve into all of who they are. 6651627573_6009ab41d6_zFriends do influence us both in good and bad ways, and this proverb speaks of how it is the mark of the righteous to choose them carefully. Let’s be wise with who we hang out with so we aren’t influenced to turn away from God.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 12:21 – Filled with Trouble

No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble. – Proverbs 12:21

The context of this Proverb:

Proverbs 12:13-25

My thoughts:

While we can’t often control what happens to us, and it’s up to God in His Will as to that, we can control our actions and words. This proverb talks of the righteous not having 558982000_e2a02e4598_o.jpgharm overcome them and the opposite for the wicked. How can we interpret this? Well in the context of proverbs about how words affect us, the fill of trouble could be self-inflicted. The one who mistreats another could easily find a similar response right back.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 12:12 – Stronghold Envy

The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures. – Proverbs 12:12

Some places where this is discussed in Proverbs:

Proverbs 12:3

My thoughts:

It’s quite tempting to want another’s wealth, but what if it’s been ill gained? Would you5107629046_8bd35b56ff_o.jpg still desire it? The wicked have no qualms about such a dilemma. This proverb seems to be pointing out how people will desire wealth regardless of where it came from. The alternative is to seek after the “root of the righteous”. Only the things of the LORD last.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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Proverbs 12:10 – Caring for Animals

The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel. – Proverbs 12:10

Some places where this is discussed in the Bible:

Proverbs 27:23, Deuteronomy 25:4

My thoughts:

Humans need care to thrive, as do 6281748241_8abf80bdaf_b.jpganimals. In order to look after an animal you need some decency and sense of respect for them. In this proverb it’s the one who knows what is right who cares for his animals. The so called “kindest acts” of the uncaring will only harm whoever gets their treatment. Let’s look after our pets, but the people around us need our love, too.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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The Righteous Will Stand – Proverbs 12:7

The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
But the house of the righteous will stand. – Proverbs 12:7

What is this proverb saying?
Where people stand before God makes all the difference in this life and the next, this proverb seems to be stressing. The people who reject God and His ways, who go about their business with no regard of Him, are said here to be overthrown completely. They have no sure future, no way, José. What surety do they have if God can call them to account at anytime? No one knows the hour of their death, and there is only judgment awaiting the lost.
The righteous household has no fear of dangers that might befall it. The righteous person’s surety is in God, and they will stand regardless of whatever happens.4991042830_8804605e28_b
While there is an appearance of all people getting hurt and sick or dying at seemingly random times, the point is that the righteous will find safety in God and the wicked have no such promise.

What can we learn from Proverbs 12:7?
What is your trust in? Do you trust wholly in the things of this world, such as money, locks, police or fire-resistant insulation?
Despite the importance of partly investing in these things, it surely is far better to seek and to put your trust in God, the Creator of this world?
We should not fear anything happening to us if our trust is in God. Make sure you and your whole family are made right with God and not even death will be the end to your house. Amen.

Thanks so much for reading! – Pedrozki (Pete)

More Reading:

Check out TWO other posts about surety in God:

Your foundation in life is crucial – On Proverbs 10:24-26

God is an Immovable Foundation- Proverbs 12:3

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Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is either the New King James Version or New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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Choose Your Solutions – On Proverbs 12:6

The words of the wicked are, “Lie in wait for blood,”
But the mouth of the upright will deliver them. – Proverbs 12:6

What is this proverb saying?

The wicked here are portrayed as willing to use violence to achieve their goals. Their very words betray them as murderous people.

The upright person here displays a wisdom with words that protects. This protection could be for themselves or perhaps for another whom they are speaking for.

In any case, the upright has a way with their words that is wise and delivers them from danger.

The wicked suggest violent and desperate solutions, while the righteous person seeks a careful defense to protect himself or others.

What can we learn from Proverbs 12:6?

First off, it’s okay to defend yourself! Regardless of whatever evil you might get accused of, you know the truth about yourself the best, so use wisdom and speak up and defend yourself. At the very least, you can  present your side of the story.

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In terms of any choice in life we need to make, we should be careful of whose advice we listen to. We need wisdom to discern a godly solution. Man’s wisdom is to seek solutions that are violent, self-serving, or destructive. Seek God and his wisdom.

May our decisions be wise ones that honour God. Amen.

 Thanks so much for reading! – Pedrozki (Pete)

More Reading:

Check out my other posts on the plans of the wicked.

Don’t Follow Evildoers – On Proverbs 1:8-19

How to Think Godly – Proverbs 12:5

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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is either the New King James Version or New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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How to Think Godly – Proverbs 12:5

The thoughts of the righteous are right,

But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. – Proverbs 12:5

A man’s deliberations start in his mind, and then are later spoken, and this proverb deals with two types of men and their different thoughts. The righteous man is said to have thoughts that are right. Before a person like this even acts, they are said to have considered ideas rightly and in a godly way. The wicked person is said to have an opposite way of thinking, one of evil and deceit.

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Where do these different thought-lives come from? Do some people just naturally favour good or evil thoughts?

Well Psalm 14 (links to Bible Gateway) tells us that when God surveys the world He sees only corrupt people on the face of earth, with the exception of His people, the righteous. So this righteousness is found in those who are following God in the way He has said to. Back in that time, that would mean following God as the nation of Israel had been taught.

It follows then that a person’s nature and thoughts depend on their knowledge of and relationship with God. To be declared righteous they need to seek after God’s ways in His Word and trust in His mercy daily.

A person seeking after God probably won’t always have a righteous thought, yet he will love God’s Word and his thoughts will change to be more godly each day.

However, the man who disregards God, who says the LORD does not exist, has no moral obligation or desire to be godly. He will plan to do whatever suits him and furthers his good lot in life. This means he will consider how to manipulate and deceive people in order to get his way.

So what can we learn from this proverb?

God is the source of all goodness, wisdom, and righteousness. If we want to think in a way that honours God and helps our fellow man, we must rely on God’s Word and the Holy Spirit to change us. Seek after God through Jesus Christ, and your whole life will be aligned rightly.

God bless you. Thanks for reading! Pedrozki (Pete)

More Reading:

I’ve written about a similar passage here:  Good Desire, Bad Desire – Proverbs 11:23

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Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is either the New King James Version or New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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God is an Immovable Foundation- Proverbs 12:3

A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous cannot be moved. – Proverbs 12:3

 

Reading this verse do you feel, as I felt, that this doesn’t initially seem to be true in life?

We see dictators rise and flourish. We see corrupt businessmen take charge of companies. We see the easily persuaded fooled by schemes.

Since this proverb is God’s Word, however, we have to take it seriously. Lets try to understand what it’s saying and how it can apply to our world.

The basis of what a man believes affects his whole way of living. If he serves the God of the Bible, his trust will be in the ways of God, and his efforts will be for God’s glory.

An idol-worshipper, as in anyone who rejects God, will be engaged in a similar way with his god.

This proverbs seems to be saying those who seek to build security in life without God will have unsure footing. Those who live by God’s Word are promised a grounding that is sure.

I find the man who rejects God ends up finding there is a lot of uncertainty in life and clings to anything that promises to provide security. I’ve seen people trust in Science, their reason, a rampantly evil lifestyle, drugs, or even insurance. As much as they claim they are content and have no worries about death, when pressed I find they may honestly admit to the weakness of such gods.

The person, however, who trusts in the infallible, immovable, and all-powerful God, will claim that although life has it’s uncertainties, their life is secure in God, and it is Him whom they will live and die for.

So can an unbelieving person flourish here on Earth? Well, I believe it is possible, but they’re striving against the wisdom and law of God, on which His creation is built upon. They are bound to fall and time will tell whether that will be in this life or the next.

 

6827018401_9ed80646f4_zWhat can we learn from this?

God is the firm foundation on whom we put our trust. Any other ground is unstable and temporary.

If men have great success in gathering wealth and building godless empires, we have to trust that God laughs at their efforts, as He’s laughed throughout the ages at men doing just that. Egypt fell. Babylon fell. Persia fell. Rome fell. Nazi Germany fell. It is only by God withholding his judgement that such people can still stand nowadays.

We can know that trusting in anything but God is folly and idolatry. See Jeremiah 11:11-12 for what God said to disobedient and distrustful Israel.

Read also Isaiah 31:1-3 here:

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
who rely on horses,
who trust in the multitude of their chariots

and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
or seek help from the Lord.
Yet he too is wise and can bring disaster;
he does not take back his words.
He will rise up against that wicked nation,
against those who help evildoers.
But the Egyptians are mere mortals and not God;
their horses are flesh and not spirit.
When the Lord stretches out his hand,
those who help will stumble,
those who are helped will fall;
all will perish together. (NIV)

Thanks for reading! Pedrozki (Pete)

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is either the New King James Version or New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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God Judges the Evil and the Good – Proverbs 12:2

A good man obtains favor from the Lord,

But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn. – Proverbs 12:2

If you were to step into God’s throne room with a request, how would you do it, and how much would you expect a positive response?

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This is ruler of the universe I am talking about, so surely there is some protocol necessary to come before Him.

What if I told you that God knows what you’ve ever done and ever will do, and your every thought?

Since God is holy and sees people in all their inglorious wretchedness, including all their inner thoughts and intentions, it’s hard to see how anyone can receive anything from God!
God is everything you’d expect of a good and fair king, and treats His human creation as He sees them, taking into account their actions and intent.This proverb speaks of God measuring a man’s thoughts and actions, choosing either to bless or curse.

God sees the evil thoughts of a man, and condemns his actions, even if they are seen as good by the world. God is not fooled by the facade of showy deeds but discerns a man’s intent.

The man who acts with evil intent is said to receive nothing but judgement. If this is true, and our intentions are being measured, God condemns a lot of people! This condemnation could be a rebuttal to a person’s prayers or a choice to hold off blessings of well-being or consistent work. It could also be speaking of condemnation on Judgement Day, when all things are measured before a just and good God.

The “good” man is merely the one who trusts in God and is faithful in what he has been given, and who serves God with right motives. He seeks God and His goodness, trusting alone in His merciful nature. The good man is not perfect, but is pressing towards God, and therefore receives His favour. A man who is faithful to God and seeks to love others and God, will receive favour from Him, just as a human king will bless a treasured servant. This favour could be the gift of joy in serving God, or it could be a blessing of answered prayer, or it could be the words, “Welcome, faithful servant into my Kingdom.”

Now, what can we learn from this?

It’s plain enough to work out if God judged our thoughts and actions fairly by His law, we would be condemned as people of evil intent. After all, is there anyone who can claim to be a truly faithful servant of the LORD? We all stumble as humans, and as Psalm 14:3b says, “There is none who does good, no, not one.”

We can echo what Psalm 15:2b says: “My goodness is nothing apart from You.” We can only have goodness through Jesus Christ, for our righteousness comes to nothing on God’s scales. Because of Christ we have full favour from our Heavenly Father, and He “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)” To be outside Christ is to be condemned, without His saving power and absolute goodness. There is no life aside from Him.

So in answer the first question I asked, I believe we have to enter God’s throne room with Jesus Christ as our mediator. Check out scripture on this in Hebrews 12:18-28, which is a picture of God’s throne room. Peace be with you.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is either the New King James Version or New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A.Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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