Let’s look at Proverbs 19 today and see what we can apply to our life!
Throughout Proverbs, we continue reading verses regarding people who accept discipline. They are wise! We are told as parents, also, to discipline our children. Verse 18 tells us to discipline our children for in that there is hope! What does this mean, though? This verse also says to not be a willing party to their death! I believe that this verse means that the only way to have hope for our kids to turn out well is to discipline our kids. There is a point in their lives when we don’t have the opportunity anymore. When they go off on their own as adults, they may or may not accept the correction or advice that we give. We don’t want our kids to end up in bad situations, so we try our best to correct them For in That There Is Hope! When they have to face consequences on their own, we can’t fix what happens. If we don’t discipline, then we ARE a willing party to their death. This death can be spiritual or physical.
Verse 8 The one who gets wisdom loves life;
the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.
Verse 18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope;
do not be a willing party to their death.
Verse 20 Listen to advice and accept discipline,
and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
Verse 25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.
Verse 27 Stop listening to instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
Verse 29 Penalties are prepared for mockers,
and beatings for the backs of fools.
Care For The Poor
Who are the poor? What does God consider being poor? What about being rich? Does God have a problem with us having money and wealth? What does He want us to do though, if we do have wealth?
Verse 17 tells us to be kind to the poor, that this is lending to the Lord and He will reward us for being kind and helping them. There are verses in James as well that cover how we should recognize and help those who are poor. We should not give attention only to those who look a certain way! Looking to see who we can help and how we can help them, is how God wants us to react to them.
Verse 4 Wealth attracts many friends,
but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.
Verse 7 The poor are shunned by all their relatives—
how much more do their friends avoid them!
Though the poor pursue them with pleading,
they are nowhere to be found.[a]
Verse 17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will reward them for what they have done.
A Description Of Laziness
This is a hard theme to cover! We really need to know a persons situation before we determine that they are lazy instead of just not having enough of what they need. Verse 24 though, I think covers this well when it says that the person who buries his hand in a dish won’t even bring it back to his mouth! In other words, they won’t do what they need to for themselves. They expect someone else to do it for them! It’s like it is too much to ask or too much effort to do anything so basic. Then verse 15 states that laziness brings on deep sleep and the shiftless go hungry. The lazy sleep deeply, they don’t want to wake up, they are unaware of what is going on around them because they aren’t paying attention. When we are in a deep sleep, it takes a lot to wake us up. This is how it is with one who is lazy. Because of this, they go hungry.
We have to be careful when we determine if a person is lazy. God wants us to help people, but God also expects people to work as well and be willing to do what is necessary for themself and/or their family. Let’s consider how we can help people or if we should help people as we look at Proverbs 19 today. We need to pray and ask the Lord for wisdom in this area! He may give us a great opportunity to help a person!
Verse 15 Laziness brings on deep sleep,
and the shiftless go hungry.
Verse 24 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he will not even bring it back to his mouth!