Understand Why You Drink (Proverbs 31:4)

“It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink.”—Proverbs 31:4

This verse is ignored by most. People think the bible is useless but that’s not so. The King James Version has over 30,000 verses. Doctrines have been founded on only a select few. Wading through all these verses opens up our minds. I’ve never heard this verse preach. Nor have I come across it in a Sunday School lesson. But the truth of it strikes the heart.

I already shared with you that I stopped drinking in October 2010. While that came through revelation and impression, this verse gives me further pause. And it should make you pause! It’s becoming popular among African-Americans to call each other king and queen. This is nice and all. But this verse says that kings and princes should not drink at all. Wow! Wow! Wow! Did you hear that brother kings and sister queens? Most people that drink have gotten drunk. So drunk that they didn’t know what happened and when! Where’s the fun in that? I’ll leave this alone. You all probably really won’t read the bible now! Understand why you drink.

The Word is Everything (Proverbs 30:5)

“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”—Proverbs 30:5

There is refuse and safety in wisdom. Even the most independent person will eventually have to trust something or someone. If the atheist has a stroke, the atheist must trust the medical professionals for care. If the mean old man develops dementia, and goes to a nursing home, his quality of life will depend on the nursing assistants. And as we age, no matter our health status, all of us will need help on some level.

The best investment we can make is to invest in wisdom. The word of God, as passed down through the generations, is that wisdom. As we analyze it, practical lessons flow forth. As we learn to recognize wisdom, we will begin seeing it in other writings. We’ll hear it in conversation. We’ll feel it anytime someone expresses it. The word of God is our foundation. The word is everything.

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself (Proverbs 29:7)

“The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.”—Proverbs 29:7

I will wade into the political realm again. No socio-political theory, based in wisdom, is complete without considering the poor. If we take this verse to heart, then any socio-political theory that ignores the poor or is harsh toward the poor is wicked at best! The favorite phrase of many is “pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” But what about the people that have no boots!

The bootstraps theory ignores a fundamental truth. The people that hold to this theory assume that they and their family will never end up poor. But life isn’t fair! Unexpected events happen to us all. We’ve all heard stories of people who lost their job then subsequently lost everything they owned. These bootstraps folks found themselves before a social worker, getting assistance. What if they had been successful at destroying the so-called social safety net? They would’ve been worse off than ever.

Being a champion for the less fortunate is about love. It’s easy to tell people to help themselves. But everyone doesn’t have the tools. People face adversities that some can’t even imagine. Don’t you want us to symphatise when you’re hurting? Then you have to symphatise with us when we’re hurting. Love your neighbor as yourself.

Get Wealth the Right Way (Proverbs 28:20)

“A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.”—Proverbs 28:20

Some people have the mistaken belief the bible is against wealth. Preachers and theologians have presented the scriptures this way. But just a study of Proverbs alone shows us that wealth isn’t the issue. A child of God can be wealthy. The issue is the way our wealth or prosperity is obtained.

There were several prominent drug dealers in the neighborhood I spent my teenage years and early twenties. I didn’t know them personally but did have mutual associates. One in particular stuck out to me. He dressed the way I wished to. He drove the car I wanted. He worked for himself. He wasn’t tied down to a 9-5 job he hated, like I was. He had the money I wanted. While I wasn’t jealous of him, I was a little jealous of his supposed success.

One day the truth of this verse hit home. The mutual associate I mentioned called me to tell me the horrible news. This brother that I envied had been shot and killed at a gas station in our neighborhood. The police didn’t even bother to cover his body up for hours after his death. He was stretched out wide, lying in his own blood. He was lying next to that fine car, never to drive it again. And because there were some drugs in the car, even the car was confiscated. He left his family nothing but a few dollars in his house and a broken heart. He left his children with no legacy.

Now I know that my faithful life is right. At 35, I am a few years older than that brother was when he passed. I still probably haven’t earned as much as he did in his life. But because I’ve lived a faithful life, God has blessed me with a beautiful family. My financial house is in order. I preach this all the time: I’d rather grow slowly and keep what I’ve gained, than to skip steps and keep falling short. Get wealth the right way.

Keep it Real (Proverbs 27:5)

“Open rebuke is better than secret love.”—Proverbs 27:5

One literary device used in Proverbs is to compare ideas to reveal wisdom. Open rebuke and secret love are not opposites per say. But they are different enough to compare. As we compare these two ideas or scenarios, we will understand the central message of the verse.

People that keep it real are hard to come by. The older I get, the more I appreciate open and honest people. Blunt people can come off as rude and condescending. We would think that love is always better. What about secret love, though? Personally, I’d rather a blunt rude friend who there for me than a friend who supposedly loves me but doesn’t back me up in public.

This explains the difficulty of romantic affairs. Let’s draw an illustration. Kenny and Keisha are married. They love each other but are having problems. Kenny starts to have a secret affair with Miracle, a mutual friend. Kenny stills loves his wife but isn’t sure where the marriage is going. So, the affair remains a closely held secret. One day, a mutual friend to all three throws a birthday party and everybody in their circle is invited. What will happen? Kenny and Keisha will be arm in arm—the happy couple! Miracle will try to stay occupied by mingling. Kenny and Miracle will have to avoid each other—more than usual—as to not do anything to raise suspicions.

With that imagine in mind, we must decide what’s better. Open rebuke? Secret love? Open rebuke is better. While Kenny and Miracle’s feeling for one another may be genuine, Miracle will suffer. As Miracle begins to fall for Kenny, she will be hurt. She can’t go out on a date with him. What if another friend sees them? Yes, they’re friends and could say they’re just hanging out. But as the relationship progresses, it will be difficult to hide the mutual affection. Secret love always causes pain. Open rebuke may sting at first, but at least you know where you stand with the other person. Keep it real.

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