Ancient wisdom for our current situation
Do you ever think, “It would be good to read the Bible, but I’m not sure where to start”? May I make a suggestion? There’s a book in the Bible with one chapter for every day of the month. And it’s intensely practical.
I’m referring to the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament. No matter what day it is, just pick the corresponding chapter and read the short, pithy statements of wisdom. It’s ancient wisdom that rings with shocking clarity thousands of years later. It’s helpful to remember that proverbs are wisdom literature, attempting to summarize those truths which are generally true of God’s world and of people. They may or may not be true in your particular situation, but reading them WILL give you insight into true wisdom for life. And who doesn’t want to get more wisdom?
I recently jumped back into Proverbs and as the month came to a close, I was struck by some of the comments in the last few chapters. They seemed to echo much of the angst that is sweeping our nation in light of the decisions and conversations coming out of Washington. I urge you to check out Proverbs chapter 28 and 29. Here’s a sampling:
- A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.
- The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.
- When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.
- By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.
- The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
- When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule the people groan.
- If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.
It would appear from reading these proverbs that unwise rulers are nothing new. Read these chapters and then join me in praying for wise leaders for our nation. Ancient wisdom for our current situation. The need could not be greater.