Today we look at Solomon's final words from the book of Proverbs. It's sad that in the end, Solomon didn't take much of his own advice. He asked God for wisdom to rule his people wisely and God gave it to him; then he began to think his wisdom came from himself and he gave it to possibly the worst human characteristic of all - pride. He even speaks on that condition in these final verses:
Do you see someone who is hasty in speech? There is more hope for a fool than for anyone like that. One given to anger stirs up strife, and the hothead causes much transgression. A person’s pride will bring humiliation, but one who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. To be a partner of a thief is to hate one’s own life; one hears the victim’s curse, but discloses nothing. The fear of others lays a snare, but one who trusts in the Lord is secure. Many seek the favor of a ruler, but it is from the Lord that one gets justice. The unjust are an abomination to the righteous, but the upright are an abomination to the wicked. (Prov. 29:20-27)
Meditation: A few of the proverbs we have read haven't stood the test of time very well, but it's amazing to me how many are as valid today as they were several thousand years ago. For me, the verses I rely upon most have to do with keeping my trust in the Lord. V. 25 reminds me that a lack of faith can result in fear - and fear becomes a snare, a trap. Trusting in God, while not always easy, brings security. In my mind, I go back to possibly my favorite verses from this book: "Trust in the Lord with your whole heart and do not lean on your own understanding (or insight). In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." (Prov. 3:5-6). In whom or what do you place your trust?