Our scripture this morning is Proverbs 3:27-32.
“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you. Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm. Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways. Such wicked people are detestable to the Lord, but he offers his friendship to the godly.”
I read Proverbs fairly often for their guidance and wisdom, but I rarely discuss a passage in my posts. Perhaps it is because they are not stories but wisdom statements. This group of verses teaches us how to treat each other as God intends.
While Proverbs tend to be stand alone statements, they share a common theme of seeking wisdom, applying it, and avoiding evil. God has given us guidance from the very beginning but we are sadly slow to see the love and wisdom in His commands. Behind every “Thou shalt not” is His desire for us to love Him and each other.
We should see wisdom teaching as a way to help us reach others and share God’s love. Rather than stuffy old rules, Proverbs are “bumper sticker” sized scriptures that are easy to remember and use in particular situations. Wise sayings from long ago still have value for us today by showing us God’s love and concern for the behavior of all His children.
Heavenly Father, we are grateful for Your love, shown in many ways. Bless us to seek wisdom and use it to share the Good News with everyone. Amen.