Any noble characteristic can be said to be its own reward, such as virtue; “Virtue is its own reward.” I imagine the first person who said that was replying to a child who had asked, “Why should I be virtuous? What’s in it for me?”
My guess is that most of those types of character traits have more to offer than simply their own nobility. I am sure of it about wisdom. Solomon, traditionally believed to have been the wisest man in history, spends quite a bit of the book of Proverbs extolling wisdom. And in many of those passages he is talking to his son.
For the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing from Proverbs chapter 3 during Midday Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM. To be quite honest, there is so much meat in these 35 verses that I could spend much more time with them.
The chapter begins with Solomon telling his son of the value of adhering to the lessons he is about to impart. He promises his son “length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.” And then he begins with the lesson, following a similar pattern through much of the chapter, “Do this and you benefit thusly.”
Solomon urges his son to always be kind and truthful, as one serves to enhance and balance the other. For it’s very easy for to be so kind as to become a door mat and conversely to be so truthful that we become cruel. Both of these virtues are necessary to demonstrate a balanced relationship with God and man.
There are many well-known and loved verses in this chapter and others that may not have gotten the attention they deserve. One that stuck out to me on a recent reading was verse 27, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”
And there are many more. As I said, we could spend a good deal of time discussing each concept in this chapter and how we should model our behavior accordingly. I hope you’ll join me over the next two weeks as we share and pray about these verses.
Mon 11/05 Prov 3:1 – 4
Tue 11/06 Prov 3:5 – 8
Wed 11/07 Prov 3:9 – 10
Thu 11/08 Prov 3:11 – 14
Fri 11/09 Prov 3:15 – 18
Mon 11/12 Prov 3:19 -23
Tue 11/13 Prov 3:24 – 26
Wed 11/14 Prov 3:27 – 28
Thu 11/15 Prov 3:29 – 32
Fri 11/16 Prov 3:33 -35
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