Why is it that so much of our entertainment is based around violence? Even the Hallmark channel mysteries are all about figuring out who killed someone else and these are some of the least objectionable programs. There is a major contrast between those who hide their violent intentions and those who follow Jesus Christ and give life. The so called pro choice supporters bring death to unborn children. The pro life people are trying to protect and preserve the life of the child. There is a reason for the difference.
A Wink can mean different things. We think about things happening in the wink of an eye being very quick. We can give a wink of recognition to someone we know. But we should avoid the wink of approval for things that are wrong. Correcting the wrong or preventing it from happening is better than approving or joining in doing things that are wrong.
Integrity is important. Integrity means living and acting as the person you claim to be. It is being the same person on the inside as you are on the outside. People who lack integrity, who live a crooked life, will be exposed. A person of integrity admits when they have failed. The person without integrity tries to hide or cover up their crooked ways. That doesn’t work in the long run.
I remember my Dad telling is when we were growing up,”It is better to remain silent and be considered a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” This was better advice than I realized at the time. A wise person stays quiet to listen to instructions. The babbling fool who doesn’t listen will fall flat on his or her face. Maybe we need to listen more and talk less.
News reports are very rarely good news. They report about violence and the terrible things people can do to each other. That kind of news is bad news. The Good News is God’s blessings for the godly and the Good memories we have of them. Following God is the better option.
Ecclesiastes, another book of wisdom in the Old Testament, tells us that there is a time for everything. There is a time to work. Lazy people who refuse to work go hungry. There is also a time to rest from our work. Finding the right balance is the key.
There are a lot of ways to get money. You can earn it, inherit it, be given it, or invest it and watch it increase. There are other ways that are not as good, money gotten by less than the best means. Proverbs (New Living Translation) calls it tainted money. This would be money gained at another person’s expense or money we didn’t earn. I personally put lottery, betting and gambling money in that category. Have you ever wondered why big lotto winners usual end up unhappy and may even end up losing everything they won? They didn’t earn that money. They put their trust in winning the lottery to give them wealth and make them happy. On the other hand living the right way, walking through life with Christ, is the key to a good life.
We live in a world filled with contrasts like good and evil, light and dark, right and wrong. Proverbs 10 points out some of these contrasting things in life beginning with the wise child who brings joy and the foolish child who brings grief. Do you bring joy or grief to the people around you?
Wisdom and Folly are total opposites. Wisdom leads to life. Wisdom listens to the Lord God and follows His commands. Foolishness leads to death. Folly ignores God’s voice and disobeyed God’s commands. It is never wise to ignore God and despise His commands. The wise person listens to and follows God’s voice. Who are you listening to?
Some things add to our lives and make them better. Other things can subtract from our lives and lead to suffering. Wisdom adds to our lives, making them better. Knowing the Lord and answering His call to follow Him makes our lives so much better. But ignoring God’s call, turning away from Him to do our own thing only leads to trouble and suffering. With God our expectations are higher. Without God in our lives they are much lower.