Rev. Tim Koch, pastor at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank, SD, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 19:1-12.
The Proverbs of Solomon must be read within the larger context of the Christian faith taught in God’s Word. From that context, they invite us to use them in the various contexts we face in life. Solomon speaks to that variety of contexts within these verses. Integrity, acting consistently according to the Word of God, is far more valuable than earthly wealth. When raw desire has no knowledge, ruin quickly comes. That ruin leads to anger against God in the path of folly, but the path of wisdom goes toward repentance in the face of sin, an example seen brilliantly in the life of King David. Though the world may flock to the rich for friendship, Jesus’ work on the cross calls us to show no partiality, thinking not of how we can take advantage of others but instead of how we can benefit our friends. Perhaps the greatest benefit we can give to our friends is to be slow to anger, turning toward them in forgiveness as the Lord has done for us.
“Wisdom and Instruction” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Proverbs. Although Proverbs is perhaps best known for its short sayings full of practical advice, the one true God has so much more in this book of wisdom. True wisdom begins with the fear of the LORD. Christians walk His way of righteousness rather than the way of wickedness because we trust that all good gifts come to us through His Son Jesus Christ, who is His wisdom made flesh for our salvation.