Solomon at some point was the wisest man on earth because He asked God for wisdom to rule His people the Israelites.
Most if not all of Proverbs were part of Solomon’s wisdom that was recorded in scriptures.
Proverbs 24-25 is full of so many wise sayings, divine wisdom given to Solomon by God…Where does one even start from? I am going to highlight a few of my favourite verses from both chapters.
Proverbs 24:1 warns against admiring the wicked (the bible calls those who live in sin ‘the wicked”). The temptation is always there to admire the life of those who live in sin..This is easily noticable when people boast about “the bad things they did in the past” and people laugh about it or admire it. The bible here also talks about not desiring their company because they have a different mindset, their priorities are different and they can be bad influence on a believer.
Wisdom and knowledge are highlighted in Proverbs 24:3-4 as very essential for building a home and for filling it with rear treasures. The ultimate source of wisdom and knowledge is God and His word. God covers every aspect of life in the bible and the more we study it the more insight we get into building our homes and marriages on a solid foundation. We also need to research other sources of knowledge so that we are well equipped in other areas of life to be able to make well informed decisions. Eg Investment, Health and Fitness just to name a few. The bible here makes it clear that we will have an edge in life over those who do not prioritise getting wisdom and knowledge.
Proverbs 24:16 talks about the importance of rising again as believers. Shaking off the dust and picking ourselves up, refusing to stay down when we fall..for it is in rising up that we have our victory.
Prov24:30-34 emphasises the end result of laziness which will tend to lack and self inflicted poverty.
The importance of forgiveness and acting in love is stressed here in Prov25:21-22 were we are encouraged to be a blessing to someone who could be termed as “our enemy” eg someone who does evil to us or who wrongs us. Doing good to those who do bad to us will make them feel guilty and God will reward us.
In the first verse of this chapter I want to emphasise how God repays us when we look after the weak, the down throdden and the forgotten. The bible says God will personally deliver such people from trouble because they have been a blessing to the weak
1 Thessalonians 2
What stands out for me in this chapter is the love of God that was evident between paul and the church, the desire to see the Brethren and the demonstration of the love of Christ..there was also the setting a good example by Paul and the other Apostles who rather than depending on the church worked hard to support themselves.