The Book of Proverbs claims that God’s own wisdom has been woven into the fabric of the universe, and you are invited to participate. What’s the wise choice when it comes to relationships and money and work, the stuff of day-to-day life? This 32-day plan will walk you through the Proverbs step by step as you train your heart to discern the wise way forward.
- Proverbs 11
“Chapter 11: Wisdom and Righteousness”
This chapter repeatedly focuses on “righteousness,” a biblical word meaning “right relationship.” The wise person strives to do right by others in all of life’s arenas: personal relationships (5), neighbors (9), fellow citizens (10-11), co-workers (18), family members (21), and ministry (30). Notice how often righteous actions are connected with “deliverance.” In contrast, the wicked will “fall,” be “taken captive,” “walk into trouble,” “perish,” and “die.” This chapter makes a life of “right relationships” look really appealing! After all, you could save your life.
While each proverb usually stands alone, there are sometimes clusters that explore the same idea. In chapter 11 there’s a group about self-control (12-13) and another about generosity (24-26) — two contrasting ideas. Look carefully at what we are supposed to hold back (criticism and slander) compared to what we are to share (our stuff). We love to share our critical opinions, but not our money! Real wisdom knows when to shut its mouth and open its hands.
Also, take note of how chapter 11 puts wealth in perspective (4, 16, 28). We’re reminded that money pales in comparison to such things as life, honor, and well-being. Even if wealth comes, don’t put your trust in it. You don’t need a lot of money to live the good life.
Is there anyone you need to show generosity to today? Is there someone you need to criticize less? Allow this chapter to form you in the way of righteousness.