Wisdom often gives us insight into the deepest recesses of human nature. The moral wisdom of proverbs not only penetrates our innermost being; it also looks forward.
Look at Verse 1: “Wine is arrogant, strong drink is riotous; none who are intoxicated by them are wise.” (NABRE) In Proverbs, wine is a sign of prosperity and a symbol of feasting, but also a potential threat to wisdom. This verse screams discernment to me. We’ve all observed the behaviors of drunkenness and it’s not pretty. Discerning when to say when is wise. It’s not the actual consumption of alcoholic beverages that is the problem. Eat! Drink! Be Merry! But be Wise!
Verse 7: “The godly walk with integrity, blessed are their children who follow them.” (NLT) Who are the parents to the children? Here are some examples:
- Moms and Dads (obviously)
The last verse I want to touch on today is Verse 12: “The ear that hears, the eye that sees – the Lord has made them both.” (NABRE) The NLT says it like this, “Ears to hear and eyes to see – both are gifts from the Lord.” God gave us two eyes, two ears, and one mouth! Use your eyes and ears, therefore, twice as often as you use your mouth (where’s the duct tape?). The study notes in NABRE say, “Human judgments are not ultimate; the Lord expects proper use of these faculties.”
Reflection Question: When does “seeking advice” (v. 18) become “gossip” (v.19)? I’m guilty of this when I don’t really need advice on the subject but I presented it as such because I wanted to “process” the situation with someone else…