Proverbs 19 4-19-18

Motivation is important: Why do we do the things we do? Knowing is important; caring even more so.

Proverbs 19:2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.

There are three vices woven into chapter 19: Pride, Greed, and Lust (for power).

Pride:

[3] A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.

[19] A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.

[21] Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

Greed:

[4] Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man’s friend deserts him.

[10] It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury—how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!

Lust (for power):

[6] Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.

[12] A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.

Our motivation is wrapped up in verse 23:

[23] The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content [in attitude], untouched by trouble.

“Fear” is better translated as “awe.” We hold God in high esteem; we are in awe of Him. Because of His Presence within us, our motivation becomes to be like Him; we are His disciples! Consider these verses:

[1] Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.

[8] He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.

[11] A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory [most like Jesus] to overlook an offense.

[16] He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.

[20] Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.

Let’s be wise and discerning today (v.25) and be obedient to His Spirit within us as we learn to walk in righteousness and holiness. We are becoming more like Jesus everyday!

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