Proverbs – Chapter 28
Personal Truth and Personal Struggle
Similar to all of the chapters in the book of Proverbs, chapter 28 continues the trend of being very dense with wisdom. There are a few verses that stood out to me because one of them speaks to something that I struggle with and the other speaks to something that I consider to be one of my first principles.
The Struggle: I definitely need to learn how to rely on God more and trust in his wisdom. At times, I think that I try to rely too much on myself, but this won’t get me very far. Verse 26 addresses this struggle of mine:
26 Those who trust in themselves are fools,
but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.
First Principle: How we treat the poor and/or homeless speaks volumes about our spiritual maturity. If we truly recognize and appreciate God’s grace, then putting into action what verse 27 discusses should be something that we are eager to do – giving to the poor. This is something that I hope will live in my heart forever – my desire to work with and work for people that are less well off.
27 Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,
but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.
We should give to the poor generously and happily, and if we turn our backs on those that need us, God may very well withdraw his presence from our lives when we call on him.