Christian Life Principles from Proverbs
God’s Word is written for our instruction. As one must dive deep for pearls and dig deep for precious stones, so must we delve deep into God’s Word if we are going to uncover its powerful principles.
• LET NOT
“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart” (Prov. 3:3) “My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion” (Prov. 3:21)
Mercy, truth, sound wisdom and discretion are to be grasped. In order to take hold of them, we must turn loose of pride, error, simple-mindedness and human folly. “Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.” (Prov. 7:25) One must guard his heart from being lured down a path that appears exciting but ends in evil.
“Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.” (Prov. 19:18) Parents must install accountability into their children while they still have the most influence upon them. Their tears of repentance now are easier to bear than their tears of remorse then, after sin has scarred their lives.
“Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stum-bleth” (Prov. 24:17)
We should never rejoice at the failings of others. Rather, we should take the high road and honor those who dishonor us. (cf. II Samuel 1:17-27)
• LEAN NOT
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Prov. 3:5-6)
We must trust God in all things and never demand an explanation for what He is doing in our lives.
• LUST NOT
“Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.” (Prov. 6:25)
Lust causes one to lay aside reason at the expense of reality. The first step to forni-cation is rebellion against authority (Prov. 5:11-13). The reality of lust and its con-sequences is that one surrender his honor, accomplishments, health and eventually life. When one gives himself over to lust, he sins against his own mind, emotions and body (cf. I Cor. 6:13-20; I Thess. 4:17).
Every man should read Proverbs 5-9 at least once a month. In the words of Dr. Clarence Sexton, “Don’t look at her face, look at her feet” for “Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell” (Prov. 5:5).
Every parent should guard the minds of his/her children. All forms of immorality have their beginning in the seeds of sensuality sown in the mind. (Read Rom. 1:18- 32)
• LOVE NOT
“Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.” (Prov. 20:13)
I heard a poem once that said, “You better work while you can, be a diligent man, you better get up and work and not sleep. Work and hoe, watch them grow. ‘As ye sow, so shall ye reap.’ “
All of nature tends to disorder. This is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Discipline and order must be learned. The disciplined life is the productive life. “In all labor there is profit” (Prov. 14:23).
Study the words diligent(ence) and slothful(ness) in Proverbs. You will be amazed at the rewards of initiative and the sad consequences of laziness.
• LABOUR NOT
“Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.” (Prov. 23:4-5)
Earthly riches are temporal and fleeting. Live not only for time, but for eternity. “One short life will soon be past only what’s done for Christ will last.” Children should be challenged to fulfill God’s plan for their lives. Not until one is ready to meet God in death is he or she ready to live life with purpose. Labour in the realm of faith. Your rewards, though unseen here, will shine there. Live your life in a way that it will have mattered.
• LOOK NOT
“Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again” (Prov. 23:31-35).
Alcohol is the #1 drug in America. There are more deaths attributed to alcohol than experienced in all our nation’s wars combined.
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” (Prov. 20:1)
The bottle you once thought you could lay aside at any time will mock you one day and say, “Can’t get enough of me, can you?” Make a holy vow before God that alcohol will never touch your lips and stick to it.
Take the Challenge
Read a chapter of Proverbs each day. There are 31 chapters to correspond to the
days of the month. Start over again in chapter 1 on the 1st day of the month, etc. “With all thy getting get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7)