“No harm comes to the godly but the wicked have their fill of trouble.” Proverbs 12: 21

Please don’t take this as a universal truth…it’s more of a general truth. Even though bad things happen to the godly, they’re able to see them as opportunities, and move on. But without God’s wisdom, the wicked are ill-equipped to handle their problems.

“The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their foolishness.” Proverb 12: 23

Simply put, wise people have a quiet confidence. Blurting out all we know isn’t necessary or helpful. On the opposite end, people who are unstable (fools) always feel the need to prove themselves. Wise people know they’re capable, and know they don’t have to prove anything. God says to beware of showing off. If you are modest, people may not notice you at first, but they will respect you later.

“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.” Proverbs 12: 25

This is definitely a verse to be memorized and remembered when encountering those who are prone to worry. An encouraging word is a word of love, faith, or hope.

“Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.” Proverbs 12: 27

This verse hits home. Unfortunately, waste has become a way of life to many of us who live here in the land of plenty. I’ll be the first to admit that waste has crept into my life. Waste is poor stewardship, and I will be more mindful as a result of studying this. We need to thank God for what we do have, and not focus on what is lacking. Remember… God gives us what we need, not what WE THINK we need!

“The way of the godly leads to life; that path does not lead to death.” Proverbs 12: 28

Death is fearful to many… a darkened door at the end of life… traveling into the unknown. But for God’s people, death is a bright pathway to a new and better life. Death isn’t final, but just another step in the eternal life we received when we followed Christ.

Well, just wanted to finish up on Proverb 12. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend, and see you back here next week!

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