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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Wise Attitudes: The Word Of God (2): Proverbs 13:18-21

18) Poverty and shame [shall be to] him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
19) The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but [it is] abomination to fools to depart from evil.
20) He that walketh with wise [men] shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
21) Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.

EXPOSITION:

A description of the benefits of a wise attitude concerning the Scriptures is shown to us in this text…

18) Poverty and shame [shall be to] him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
1.  A foolish attitude is described as “willfully loosening” or “letting slide away” the instruction found in the Word. We can refuse His Word by simply allowing it to gradually slip away and no longer be a part of our life.
2.  This is compared with the wise attitude of “protecting” or “guarding over” the correction found in the Word.  In this case, instead of allowing these things to slip away due to lack of diligence, we carefully watch over His Word making certain it continues to be a living part of our lifestyle and testimony.

What do these attitudes result in?

1.  For the foolish, allowing the Word to slide away results in spiritual poverty (and, perhaps, physical poverty) as well as public shame in this world and eternity to come.
2.  For the wise, carefully guarding His Word, results in being taken seriously by those around us and receiving eternal rewards for faithfulness from the hand of God.

Wise attitudes result in spiritual blessings, human respect and eternal rewards.

But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”   (Hebrews 11:6)

19) The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but [it is] abomination to fools to depart from evil.
1.  For those who wisely desire to depart from sin, overcoming sin is agreeable, pleasant and brings fulfillment.
2.  For the fools holy living is detestable and to be avoided.  

Wise attitudes result in a fulfilling, pleasant life desirous of Godliness.

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”   (2 Timothy 4:6-8)

20) He that walketh with wise [men] shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
1.  For those who are wise, they will understand the strong influence of others and, therefore, will desire to accompany others who are wise.
2.  The fool does not understand the power of the influence of their companions and, therefore, form close relationships with those that are foolish.

Wise attitudes result in seeking out Godly acquaintances that will enhance their spiritual growth.

Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard [it], and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.”   (Malachi 3:16-18)

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”   (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

21) Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
1.  For the foolish who make a practice of sin, harm, distress and retribution will follow them.
2.  For those who wisely forsake sin and live according to righteousness, they shall receive that which is beneficial and pleasing to them.

Wise attitudes will lead a man to a righteous lifestyle that will only benefit Him now and throughout eternity.

Many sorrows [shall be] to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.”   (Psalms 32:10)

SUMMARY:

A wise attitude that leads a man to reject sin and live according to the desires of God is of great gain…
1.  Wise attitudes result in spiritual blessings, human respect and eternal rewards.
2.  Wise attitudes result in a fulfilling, pleasant life desirous of Godliness.
3.  Wise attitudes result in seeking out Godly acquaintances that will enhance their spiritual growth.
4.  Wise attitudes will lead a man to a righteous lifestyle that will only benefit Him now and throughout eternity.

May we all remember the overflowing blessings that await those who are in submission to the will and ways of the Lord.  May we use these blessings as a motivating force as we produce a Godly lifestyle that honors and glorifies the Lord.

But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”   (Hebrews 11:6)

Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.”   (Hebrews 11:26)

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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10 Comments

  1. PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER says:

    Great lesson today My Friend. Keep standing on the Word, always allowing God to reveal His truth to you in order that you may share that same truth with all of us. Thank you for this blessing.

  2. Terry says:

    Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

  3. This lesson was much needed. Thank YOU! and Thanks be to God!
    A wise attitude that leads a man to reject sin and live according to the desires of God is of great gain…
    1. Wise attitudes result in spiritual blessings, human respect and eternal rewards.
    2. Wise attitudes result in a fulfilling, pleasant life desirous of Godliness.
    3. Wise attitudes result in seeking out Godly acquaintances that will enhance their spiritual growth.
    4. Wise attitudes will lead a man to a righteous lifestyle that will only benefit Him now and throughout eternity.
    Very well summed up. Bingo!

  4. Hope you don’t mind I added this link to my latest post…it fits.

  5. Shofar says:

    Good teaching, Pastor Rob! The wise take heed to God’s Word; the foolish disregard it to their folly.

  6. Thanks for the word today. I have seen how ‘allowing the Word to gradually slip away and no longer be a part of one’s life’ has brought destruction in the life of someone dear to me. My prayer is that my prodigal will soon return to the foundation upon which he was raised! God is able and is so faithful!

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