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Proverbs: Walking in Wisdom

Oct 27, 2019 | Randy Gunter

Freedom From Greed

Proverbs 1:8-19

Freedom from Greed
Walking with Wisdom

8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, 9 for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. 10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason; 12 like Sheol let us swallow them alive, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; 13 we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with plunder; 14 throw in your lot among us; we will all have one purse”— 15 my son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths, 16 for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. 17 For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird, 18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives. 19 Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors. (Proverbs 1:8-19 ESV)

Listen up

Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.

Fathers and mothers, instruct and teach your children.  Parents are the primary way for children to discover God and his word.

Sons and daughters who listen to their parents teaching about life with the truth of the Bible have a promise from God. Listening and applying instruction will crown your mind with truth and your life with God’s grace.

How can you start biblical instruction with your children today? 

A reoccurring theme throughout Proverbs is that life is a journey; you must wisely choose the right path.  There is a wise path of righteousness that leads to life, and there is a foolish path of evil that leads to destruction and death. 

We all have dangerous blind spots. When we perceive life only with our eyes, and we make decisions based on our desires, we easily fall for the lures of destruction.

Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors. (Proverbs 1:19 ESV)

Is the lesson true? 

We all know people who get away with unjust gain, greedy people who live well. The adage, “cheaters never prosper” is not always true in this life.  Sometimes cheaters prosper in this world, but they never do in the life to come. 

Is greed our problem?

You have selected a path; it is either with wisdom or foolishness.  By default, we walk in foolishness.  The Good News of the Bible is that Wisdom came from heaven and dwelt among us. Wisdom is Jesus, and he calls out to us to repent of our foolishness, believe the truth that he has revealed to us, and to walk with him. 

Wisdom says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 ESV)

People we allow to speak into us have influence.  Have you considered who they are?  Have you considered their motives?  Have you considered their message? 

Jesus is our wise rescuer. 

Everything that we might greedily desire in this world is a counterfeit.  See 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Being wealthy with godliness and contentment is wise.  Wisdom recognizes the way God has established the world—we bring nothing into the world, and we leave the world with nothing.  Wisdom acknowledges this truth and does not foolishly strive for what is temporary, but instead strives for what is eternal.

Jesus generously offers himself to us, and when we receive his gift by faith and surrender our lives to him, he gives us everything for which we need. He gives us wisdom, truth, and understanding, and also the riches of heaven, significance in life, peace, and rest and glory.

When we are foolishly greedy for unjust gain, we act out our discontent with God’s offering to us through Jesus.  We deny his value.  We dismiss the riches of living as a son or daughter of God, a co-heir with Christ Jesus.

Jesus can and will rescue us from our foolishness.

Series Information

The Book of Proverbs, like all others in the Bible, points to Jesus and calls to the reader to know Jesus, to walk with him, and to be in a relationship with him.

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