Many years ago, my mom introduced me to the concept of reading a chapter of Proverbs a day to get reading through the entire book in a month. She did it religiously every morning no matter where she was. I’ve gone through it several times, but I’ve never really been consistent month to month. Which is OK. Since today is the start of a new month, and I am embarking on a writing challenge, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to gain some wisdom from Proverbs every morning. I will not be writing based on the Proverb I read every day, but today something stuck out to me and I fell that I should explore it further.
Proverbs 1:15: “My son, do not walk in the way with them, keep you foot from their path;” When I came across this verse in my reading, it reminded me of Psalms 1 vs 1 (“… walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners…”). So I went to Psalm 1 the last sentence in the third verse kind of jumped out at me; “And whatever he does shall prosper.”
For quite some time now, I realize, I have viewed prosperity as a bad thing. I blame it on the innumerable, money-hungry prosperity preachers and their equally money-hungry followers in our churches today. But that’s exactly what the devil does; he takes something good that God made, and turns it into an evil to ensnare us. That way, the people who are easily given to temptation are lost and those who see it and want to avoid it end up unable to enjoy the abundant life that God has promised us.
Back to my reading this morning, the You Version Bible App, has a feature where a verse or line will have a little note beside it referencing a similar verse somewhere else in the Bible. I followed the reference attached to verse 3 of Psalm 1 and found the following; The “prosper” used here is similar to the prosperity we see with Joseph in Genesis 39:2-3 & v23. In both these instances, as in the Psalm, we see that God made whatever he did prosper.
Psalms 128:2 “When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.”