Proverbs 17-20

The Bible tells us you reap what you sow. This is so evident in the Proverbs. You sow evil, you reap evil. You sow goodness, you reap goodness. It is so practical, yet hardly ever followed or thought about. Some things we just want. Wealth is one of them. Last night (Friday) was the Mega Millions drawing for over a billion dollars. A lot of people were dreaming about what they could/would do with it. Some were funny, other not so much. One kid said he would definitely buy a Tesla because they can drive themselves, and he wasn’t old enough to drive. Another man said if he won, he would not share it with his wife and kids, but most said they would help others, plenty to go around. Whether we realize it or not, these are Proverbs at work.

Those who return evil for good will meet their own evil returning (Proverbs 17:13 MSG)

It’s stupid to try to get something for nothing, or run up huge bills you can never repay (Proverbs 17:18 MSG) Another version (NLT) says: It’s a poor judgement to guarantee another person’s debt or put-up security for a friend. (My mother quoted this verse to me many times, and I saw what happened when she tried to help others, and then they defaulted. She ended up paying, especially with family. I quoted this verse to my son, and, if he ever has children, I hope he will pass it on as well. It saves a lot of hard feeling from sprouting.)

Better to be poor and honest than a rich person no one can trust. (Proverbs 18:1 MSG)

Wealth attracts friends as honey draws flies, but poor people are avoided like a plague. (Proverbs 19:4 MSG)

Lots of people flock around a generous person; everyone’s a friend to the philanthropist. (Proverbs 19: 6 MSG)

Mercy to the needy is a loan to GOD, and GOD pays back those loans in full. (Proverbs 19:17 MSG)

Hold tight to collateral on any loan to a stranger, beware of accepting what a transient has pawned.
Stolen bread tastes sweet, but soon you mouth is full of gravel. (Proverbs 20:16-17 MSG)

Money can be used for good, and it can be used for evil. Money draws people. Lack of money unfortunately keeps people at arms distance. Especially those who always have their hand out. We all desire good relationships. But, we must be careful of who we invite into our lives. There are takers and there are givers and anywhere in between. Like money, friends invite life or death.

Overlook an offense and bond a friendship; fasten on to a slight and –good-bye, friend! (Proverbs 17:9 MSG)

The start of a quarrel is like a leak in a dam, so stop it before it bursts (Proverbs 17:14 MSG)

Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble. (Proverbs 17: 17 MSG)

Answering before listening is both stupid and rude (Proverbs 18:13 MSG)

Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit– you choose. (Proverbs 18:21 MSG)

Find a good spouse, you find a good life—and even more: the favor of God!
The poor speak in soft supplications; the rich bark out answers.
Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family (Proverbs 18: 21-24 MSG)

When you are down on your luck, even your family avoids you—yes, even your best friends wish you’d get lost. If they see you coming, they look the other way – out of sight, out of mind (Proverbs 19:17 MSG)

Smart people know how to hold their tongue; their grandeur is to forgive and forget (Proverbs 19: 11 MSG)

Gossips can’t keep secrets, so never confide in blabbermouths. (Proverbs 20: 19 MSG)

People are hard to distinguish sometimes. Real motives can be disguised, whether good or bad. The only way that I can have a true friend, is to be a good friend. I can only do this with the help of God, and using His wisdom. He can help me see things I wouldn’t otherwise see. He can help me to forgive. He can help me want to be loving, kind and generous. So, to me, the best relationship to concentrate on, is my relationship with God.

God’s name is a place of protection—good people can run there and be safe. (Proverbs 18: 10 MSG)

Grow a wise heart—you’ll do yourself a favor; keep a clear head—you’ll find a good life. (Proverbs 19: 8 MSG)

Fear of God is life itself, a full life, and serene—no nasty surprises (Proverbs 19:23 MSG)

Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart; a wise person draws from the well within.
Lots of people claim to be loyal and loving, but where on earth can you find one?
God-loyal people, living honest lives, make it much easier for their children. (Proverbs 20:5-7 MSG)

Ears that hear and eyes that see – – we get our basic equipment from God! (Proverbs 20:12 MSG)

Don’t ever say, “I’ll get you for that!” Wait for God; he’ll settle the score. (Proverbs 20:22 MSG)

God hates cheating in the marketplace; rigged scales are an outrage.
The very steps we take come from God; otherwise, how would we know where we’re going? (Proverbs 20: 23-24 MSG)

God is in charge of human life, watching and examining us inside and out. (Proverbs 20:27 MSG)

If I try to live a life pleasing to God, wealth, health, relationships with others will still come, perhaps with some trials. It is so much easier for me to know God is with me, and will help me to discern what my next steps should be. I can rest knowing that the God of Joseph, Abraham, Jacob and Isaac is the same God that walks with me. He can still open the seas, take undeserved situations and give undeserved favor. I can wrestle with the things of God but choose not to let go, no matter the cost. I can be close to death, and God can provide a ram in the thicket, to spare my life. Without God there is no hope, with God, I see all things as possible. I have hope in all things, even if I can’t see beyond the darkness.

Father God, You have been with me since conception. I may not have realized it at the time, but you watched over me and kept me from getting into harms way when I was not even following you. I am so glad you used an unpleasant situation to get my attention. I am so glad you got it! I pray you never lose it again. You have been my confidence, my strength, my joy and peace. Thank you for loving me into eternity. Thank you for your many blessings; friends, family, health, and wealth, even though it may not be physical dollars, it is enough! You are an amazing mystery. Just when I think I have something figured out, you change the goal posts. You are never boring to me. Thank you for all things, even those things I don’t know about. In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen.

Carol (carolvorwe)

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