Proverbs 12-14 - The idea is clear - Serve God and live
Discipline, a life rooted in God, justice, sensible talking, hard work, kindness to animals, good conversation, taking good advice, being truthful and seeking truth -- these are just a few of the things that Solomon admonishes us to seek after.
The alternatives? Refusing correction, scheming, corruption, death, contempt, starvation, ruin, trouble, deceit, lies, distortion, laziness, worry, misfortune, disaster.
Whew..... when given the option, what choice would you make?
Practical wisdom. That is what Solomon provides for us. A guideline, a roadmap, a book that shows not only what to do, but the consequences of going our own way.
Personally, while I'm enjoying reading Proverbs, I am missing reading about Jesus! It had to have been a bit overwhelming in Old Testiment days to have to live up to what Solomon wrote about without the hope of the help from the Holy Spirit and the gift of mercy and grace of Jesus' life.
Their only hope was to keep company with the Godly, the wise. Proverbs 13 says:
20 Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces. 21 Disaster entraps sinners, but God-loyal people get a good life.
And verse 34 in Chapter 14 says:
34 God-devotion makes a country strong; God-avoidance leaves people weak.Chicke Fitzgerald
Today, choose whom you will serve. Devotion or avoidance. The choice is yours.