Proverbs 17:16-19 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it? A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend. He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
Which of these two scenarios do you think would be easier? To fight with someone, whom you don’t like and devise a plan to outwit and beat them, or to overcome an intense passion within our own self? If we are all honest, we would have to say that fighting our old self-will is the hardest battle of all.
To be able to overcome my own selfish desires and live for Christ and His desires may at times seem difficult. Learning to forfeit our own will may often come by years of trial and error. It sometimes takes days, weeks, and even months of prayer, asking the Lord for strength and wisdom to give up and overcome these strongholds in our life.
Sometimes we find our best friendships are developed during such times. In a time of great trial, a friend may come along side and share their struggles with you. Christ, who is our best friend, brought this person to you. He knew they had a piece of wisdom you needed at this time in your life.
Old age does not always bring wisdom. Many a king and ruler, who were not righteous men, used their power and might to topple nations. Yet they never learned how to control their internal desires within themselves. Ultimately, their own selfish passions and cravings would often be what would destroy them, and many times hurting the lives of those around them.
True wisdom is found in a long-lasting relationship with God. Like any other relationship, this takes time. It takes commitment to one another. It takes an understanding of the others desire. It takes love for one another. God knows you perfectly already. We just need to get to know God better. A long slow walk with God in the midst of a trial brings contentment, which is simply not comprehendible by a lost world.
You can take your chances and make deals with man, or as our passage says, strike hands with the world if you want. However, the ends of all matters are in the hands of God. I will take my chances and place my life in God’s hands.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Song of Solomon 1 – 4 / Proverbs 17:16-19
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Esther 5-10 / Acts 17
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