Our attitude toward church tells us a lot about our spiritual condition. Church is not about us; it’s for us.
This morning, we are going to look at a set of verses in this chapter.
6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure,
but the income of the wicked brings ruin.
Having the Lord as the Ruler of our house and the Leader of our home brings us great treasure on a spiritual basis, relational basis, and even monetary basis (more in savings rather than earnings).
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
but the hearts of fools are not upright.
We must get our hearts right before we can spread knowledge. This verse is BIG for teachers, especially Bible teachers.
8 The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,
but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
“Relationship above ritual.” God is interested in US, not what we can give Him or do for Him.
9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
If we love the Lord, we will pursue His ways; we will want to be like Him; we will stay close to Him; we will desire His presence and participation over all else.
10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;
the one who hates correction will die.
It’s not that God is waiting to hit us with a big mallet–but life is! Satan uses every opportunity to make us doubt, suffer, and quit serving the Lord. Discipline and correction are the way to life if we will just receive it.
11 Death and Destruction lie open before the Lord—
how much more do human hearts!
We can’t keep anything secret from the Lord. Why do we even try? He knows us and loves us anyway! In fact, the very fight that we have with ourselves concerning right and wrong is what makes us most like Him. Jesus chose right every time. Let’s strive to be like Him. He’s rooting for us!
12 Mockers resent correction,
so they avoid the wise.
It all comes down to attitude. A mocker is not interested in God’s opinion or ways. The child of God must kill this part of himself in order to seek God’s face and opinion.
What happens if we begin to kill the mocker in us and seek God’s face and opinion?
- We begin to understand the we are always before the Lord. We merely have to turn to Him and there He is!
- We begin to see His loving discipline and correction are for our good. He is a Loving Father.
- As we pursue righteousness, we feel His love pouring over us. Proverbs 1:23 comes true: “If you repent at my rebuke, I will pour out my heart to you and make my thoughts known to you.”
- As we focus on our relationship with Him in Bible study and prayer, we lose our fear of punishment–not that we think He won’t, but that we live in the safety of His presence as we walk with Him. His teaching, correcting, rebuking, and training are reserved for His children: Us! It’s part and parcel with our relationship with Him.
- When our hearts are right with Him, then our lips will speak knowledge and in a loving way.
- Our spiritual houses will contain great treasure as He pours into us His wisdom, understanding, and knowledge (see Proverbs 24:3-4).
This morning, as we go to church, let’s remember that it’s the place we go to corporately worship the Lord, practice our Christlikeness, and learn more about walking with God.
Abba, may You be honored, magnified, and glorified as we lift up the name of Jesus today. Be president in our lives and not just resident. May we love on each other, especially the EGR’s (extra grace required). Who knows? Someone may include ME in that group! May I feel Your pleasure as I spend time with our family in worship today. Amen.