Follow along as we look at a few verses from today’s Proverb. You never know what might show up!
Proverbs 12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
I’ve always sought out knowledge. From my childhood, I have always read, searched things out, and asked questions to gain understanding. The main reason is because I want to be correct, and to that end I seek correction from those who know better than I. As this verse says, someone who wishes to be intelligent will welcome reproof and instruction, but someone who rejects correction will continue to be unintelligent and basically worthless.
Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
I love bragging on my wife. She not only does an incredible job of caring for our home and children, but she is so good with finances that she could be an accountant. Once I finally turned over the finances to her, it was amazing how much money we had all of a sudden! She knows how to prioritize and budget for everything that we need, she even makes sure to fit my vessi waterproof shoes for men in our budget, and her diligence is a crown to me, her husband. She makes me look good!
Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
I’m all for hunting. I personally don’t enjoy participating in said sport, but I’m a firm supporter of gun rights, and of an individual’s right to pursue game for food or sport. I also very much enjoy participating in the eating of game! However, the Bible is clear about animal cruelty, in that a righteous man appreciates animal life and the well-being of his critters. Yes, we should have dominion over nature, but one benefit (and sometimes curse) of being human is our ability for rational thought and moral reasoning. No, an animal is not the same as a human, but it is still life, that God took time to create, and it should be honored and not mistreated, used and not wasted, even in hunting and other sport.
Proverbs 12:16 A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
This verse reminds me of another: “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” (Proverbs 25:28) When you deal with ill-tempered people, you come to realize that they can be easily manipulated through provoking them to anger. The Bible calls a person like this a “fool.” Mankind likes to describe them as “fiery,” “hot-headed,” or “Irish,” but God calls them FOOLS. Be slow to speak, slow to anger, and quick to forgive, or else you will be known as a fool, and you’ll be ashamed by your lack of self-control.
Proverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
Obviously we will all die sometime; as my pastor says, “The death rate is still right at 100%.” However, God blesses righteousness. Perhaps the physical promises and blessings to Israel do not apply to us today, but we can always benefit from a spiritual application. Indeed, some people are called to suffer; I have an uncle whose entire life has been one massive trial after another, but he has remained firm and has been an incredible testimony to me, personally, even if no one else cared. Still, spiritually speaking, God desires holiness from His people, and He rewards it, whether here on earth or in Heaven. Doctrinally, we have been imputed the righteousness of Christ, and cannot die! How sweet it is to think that after we put on incorruption and are raised to be with Him, we’ll never see, hear of, suffer, or experience the effects of death on us or our loved ones!