Reflections on Proverbs
Proverbs 29, September 2009
Proverbs 29:1(NIV) →You really don't know when the last warning is coming. Don't play with it. Once you pass that line, there is no turning back. And yes, I think that can apply to believers. God will bring discipline on you for the purpose of teaching you and turning you back. I don't think He stops until you repent, even if it means you go see Him.
Proverbs 29:2(NIV) →The people groan under the wicked, for it takes their energy to face it. Be strong, and place the righteous into power!
Proverbs 29:4(NIV) →Justice provides stability. Kickbacks, bailouts, and infighting don't really help.
Proverbs 29:5(NIV) →Flattery may seem good, but to flatter dishonestly will destroy you!
Proverbs 29:6(NIV) →Your own sin brings your destruction. It's incredibly easy to blame others, but it's our own sins that get us.
Proverbs 29:8(NIV) →This one seems a little odd. But I think what we're seeing here is that people will turn a city upside down with ridiculous behavior, but that wise men will settle people down, preventing internal turmoil and outside interference.
Proverbs 29:9(NIV) →For more on this one, check out Overlawyered.com. Really.
Proverbs 29:11(NIV) →Anger must be controlled.
Proverbs 29:12(NIV) →This is why it's important to see who advises those who are in charge, be it in politics or church.
Proverbs 29:15(NIV) →Discipline. Children need it. From parents, not from the government.
Proverbs 29:16(NIV) →We may live to see the downfall of the wicked from heaven. In truth, this is a promise that wicked people will never stomp out righteousness, not that you as a specific righteous person will survive.
Proverbs 29:18(NIV) →This is about having God's word. Not about preachers having good ideas.
Proverbs 29:27(NIV) →At what point will we understand that righteousness and wickedness just don't coexist in peace? Any ideas?