In the middle of Proverbs 22, Solomon makes a shift. After thoroughly exploring life from his vantage point, he compiles some of the most profound thoughts for people in his culture and for his time—funny thing though, wisdom continues to be timeless. The people have not changed much and the principles that make their lives either great or poor really have not changed much either. When men face life and its challenges, it is safe to say that each journey has its fair share. Some deal with financial crisis, some with health issues. Many families experience pain and loss outside their control; while others see grief due to the choices of children or parents. Natural disaster, violent crime and stubborn and selfish attitudes were as prevalent in Solomon’s time—as they are today.
The difference, in large part has to do with how one responds to the attacks of the day. Make no mistake, we face an enemy—his single purpose is to neutralize and ultimately destroy any and everyone who chooses to trust God and not the world culture. Like any bully, he will hit hardest those who refuse to comply with his wishes. The more determined the opposition, the more despicable he becomes. He attacks health, family and everything one holds dear. If, when under such heinous attack, we remain faithful; then God will provide and prepare us for the rest of our journey—and he will see us to the end so that he can glorify us–at his side, as his chosen and his beloved.
To survive, we must listen to the wise—the ones who have gone before. We must also relinquish all we have to the lordship of God. When we can finally release everything to his care—nothing held back, then he can begin to restore, protect and lead us to the finish line as champions and victors in a culture that would, otherwise, never allow us to finish the race.
God Bless You
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, 18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. 19 So that your trust may be in the Lord, I teach you today, even you. 20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, 21 teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve?