For through wisdom your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
What good is it for someone to gain all the fame, all the money and all the power in the world if he cannot extend its life even for a second? God is the giver of life and only He can decide how long each person can live. To he who is wise and prudent God grants long life, provided that wisdom and prudence are used with obedience. Obedience without wisdom is plain arrogance but a wise man can discern what comes from God and therefore avoids deviating from the straight path of justice, which would bring him many problems. A rash person does not even know which way to follow. All roads look good to him because he has never bothered to know what God expects of him. When something goes right or wrong he says it was due to good or bad luck and he does not have the slightest idea of God’s plan for his life. If he gets to hear the message of salvation he ignores it because he thinks it has nothing to do with his life.
Wise King Salomó also put it this way: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” Hence the inexperienced is much more exposed to danger that the wise man, which reduces considerably the life expectancy of the inexperienced. Enough of stumbling through life without a fixed destination and no target! God is calling everyone, wise and inexperienced to be reconciled to him. Enough of living a life full of mistakes and sins which only separate us more from God. He can forgive you but are you looking for His forgiveness? He can save you but do you crave His salvation? Seek God with all your heart, for once you find Him, you will know the true meaning of love. Only to God be the glory!
The wise inherit honor,
but fools get only shame.
The Proverbs of Solomon is a book of contrasts. In its lines and paragraphs we can see the contrast between the righteous and the evil, rich and poor, obedience and disobedience, the peaceful and the violent, the generous and the stingy, integrity and perversion, the proud and the humble, the wise and the inexperienced, the sober and the drunk, the diligent and the lazy, insolence and respect, the gossip and the discrete, patience and impulse, you name it, the list goes on and on. However, the more common contrast in this book is between the fool and the wise. When we observe the current state of humanity we see that fools far outnumber the wise. Because of this, some cynics have concluded that the basic characteristic of the human race is stupidity. No wonder some mock the theory of evolution because, according to it, man should be more perfect every day and on the contrary we see that stupidity is increasing. There’s even an honor out there called the Darwin Award given to those individuals who protect the gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives. Darwin Award winners eliminate themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving the human species’ chances of long-term survival.
What a contrast between stupidity and the wisdom that the son of God has. A Christian who properly grows and matures in the faith will always be looking to act wisely and avoid folly at all costs. When you sit down to analyze your life, what do you find to be more prevalent wisdom or folly? When you compare your life against the standard of the Word of God to whom you are most like, the wise or the fool? It’s in your hands, with the help of the Holy Spirit of God, to seek to transform your life and stop being a common being and becoming a useful tool in the hands of God. What do you say to this? Draw near to God with reverence, humility and obedience and you will enjoy the riches that the wisdom of God has prepared for those who walk in its trails. Only to God be the glory!
Fools give full vent to their rage,
but the wise bring calm in the end.
Human beings were created with emotions. They exert powerful influences on our actions and are responsible, when repressed, for some serious health problems. Hence, it is important that we can control them to avoid the terrible consequences that a decision made from the guts may bring or the negative effects they produce on the health of those who repress them. Some emotions are highly desired such as joy, tenderness or the feeling of euphoria brought by the adrenaline rush that occurs in those who are exposed to high-risk situations. Other emotions are unpleasant such as sadness, fear and anger. The vast majority of people act under the influence of emotions and many of the problems encountered daily in interpersonal relations are the result of this behavior. Emotions are bad counselors.
A child of God, on the contrary should act based on reason and not in any case depend on the circumstances surrounding him, circumstances that are ultimately what stimulate the emotions of the individual. If we study the lives of biblical characters such as Abraham, Joseph, Job, Paul and the Lord Jesus, we can clearly see how important it is to learn not to be guided by emotions to carry out the obedience required of us. This does not mean we’re going to completely suppress all emotion and that we will act like robots who have no way of expressing feelings. Emotions and feelings are a gift from God that we must learn to manage in order to be good stewards of the Lord. Take care, then, of not getting caught up in them and always reason thoroughly before making any decisions, especially those that need to be taken to attend to something urgent. To God alone be the glory!
The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
The key to success is obedience, but we need to know what or whom we obey. All the time we receive instructions from everywhere and almost all of these instructions are antagonistic to each other. Hence, it is very important to discern which of the orders we receive we must obey in order to progress successfully. Clearly, we must obey God first . That’s obvious and implicit in the instructions that Moses gave the people of Israel after descending from Mount Sinai: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”  He also told them: “Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, promised you.” 
So love and obedience go hand in hand and it is up to us children of God, to obey him in everything he has commanded us. Do you want to do well in everything you undertake? Want to enjoy long life? Obey the commandments and precepts of the Lord above all things and you will receive the reward of the righteous. The Lord Jesus said: “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”  He also said: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”  This is the secret of wisdom and success.To God alone be the glory!
 Deuteronomy 6:4-5
 Deuteronomy 6:3
 John 14:21
 John 15:12
The rich are wise in their own eyes;
one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.
Some people think that wealth comes from cunningly conducted business and that it is a demonstration of the wisdom of those who have become rich this way. Nothing could be farther from reality. While it is true that the word of God speaks of certain financial principles that will help us not to fall into debt and enjoy a healthy economy, these principles by themselves cannot guarantee financial success. The wise man honors God with his wealth and the first fruits of his crops. God knows the hearts of all men, so he knows the spiritual condition of he who presented the offering. The gift that someone “honors” God with may be ineffective if the heart of he who offers it does not act with sincerity and devotion. God gives us wisdom that allows us to make good decisions on any area of our lives, including our finances. Let us remember that the beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord, which is obedience and reverence to God.
So wealth does not depend on cunning or a supposed “financial wisdom” but on the will of God that is good and pleasing and perfect. While there are many non-believers who “enjoy” the accumulation of money and apparently are happy, in reality they are not. Their alleged joy is only a facade behind which they hide their misery. As the apostle Paul told Timothy, “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” Let us act wisely and let us follow the teachings of the Word of God with grateful hearts for all the blessings, financial or of any other kind, that we have received from the mighty hand of God . To God alone be the glory!
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