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Proverbs has clearly contrasted two lifestyles.  The lifestyles of the wise and lifestyles of the foolish.  Interestingly, Solomon never classed people by their wealth, class, education or job title. As the richest king in Israel’s history, Solomon knew the value of wealth and the ease it brought to life.  He addressed the fact several times.  But, unlike most in his position, he looked at how people treated those less fortunate as a sign of their reverence and wisdom. 

Solomon knew that God decided men’s paths and whether rich or poor all men needed to be treated with dignity and care.  If the rich treated those less fortunately carelessly or with intentional meanness—God would vindicate the poor. Solomon also knew that the poor had to be patient—God still loved them and would reward them in the end.

It is just difficult to accept your circumstances when they are tough.  One tries to be patient, philosophical and content, but, after a time, weariness sets in and faith is shaken—spiritually, one hits the wall and simply cannot continue on any further. Or so they think—at that moment, God’s people press on to take hold of eternal perspective and hold on to the hope of glory. It is in those moments, they have the greatest impact on the community of believers and the world at large.  We as a church have to come along side those that are weary and encourage assist and pray to see God’s restoration in the lives of the ones oppressed.  We do not pity them we honor them for remaining faithful and we pray without ceasing for their restoration—Then, like Israel, God will hear our prayers and hopefully restore and revive the weary travelers—that would be a great honor to them, him and us!

God Bless You

Fools give full vent to their rage,     but the wise bring calm in the end.

12 If a ruler listens to lies,     all his officials become wicked.

13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:     The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.

14 If a king judges the poor with fairness,     his throne will be established forever.

15 A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom,     but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.

16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin,     but the righteous will see their downfall.

17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace;     they will bring you the delights you desire.

18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;     but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

19 Servants cannot be corrected by mere words;     though they understand, they will not respond.

20 Do you see someone who speaks in haste?     There is more hope for a fool than for them.

21 A servant pampered from youth     will turn out to be insolent.

22 An angry person stirs up conflict,     and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.

23 Pride brings a person low,     but the lowly in spirit gain honor.

24 The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies;     they are put under oath and dare not testify.

25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare,     but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

26 Many seek an audience with a ruler,     but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.

27 The righteous detest the dishonest;     the wicked detest the upright.