Proverbs 4 Commentary

Proverbs 4 Commentary

Nothing will stand in your way if you walk wisely, and you will not stumble when you run. Verse 12. Confusion comes when you feel you have walked wisely yet you feel you are stumbling everywhere.

In the first 10 verses, the father addresses his children on what he himself was taught as a little boy. It is a throwback on the importance of recalling the teachings of the LORD. You also want to look at the life outcomes of the children of long ago. Examine the outcome of their faith.

One humble and uneducated fisherman learned under the tutorage of the man Jesus Christ. Today, countless cathedrals, churches, children, missions, and projects are named after Saint Peter the Apostle. Pirate, on the other hand, hardly has anyone named after him. So are Annas and Caiaphas, the High Priests of Peter’s time.

It is not the ultimate prize for faith but we have always seen how the LORD elevates His children when they listen and get wisdom from Him.

This chapter is promoting the usage of wisdom. It is one product that always performs, precisely as specified.

But what about the confusion and internal conflict we experience when we feel like we have done our best yet are stumbling everywhere; contradicting the infallible teaching of the LORD.

For starters, self-confidence is just a feeling. We cannot be too sure about our performance. Would you want the LORD to weigh it and grade it? Who wants the writing on the wall? Have you loved the teachings of the LORD? Have you listened to and kept them?

A clever saint knows his righteousness is rubbish so he prays in the name of Jesus. That should solve the problem of righteousness, right? Probably yes. But what makes the saint so sure that what is happening to them is failure and ‘tumbling everywhere’?

Words are important. Don’t call the ‘falling and tumbling’ failure when the baby is beginning to learn to walk. Don’t call teaching aids failure. Don’t call what the LORD deliberately allows on your life failure unless it truly is failure.

A good student listens to his teacher. He learns the definition and description of words like failure and tumbling. He also learns the meaning of success. Don’t learn from the world. Don’t learn from the devil. Don’t learn from those who won’t sleep until they commit a crime.

“Wickedness and violence are like food and drink to them. They love it. That is success for them. Forget them. Don’t follow them. Instead, pay attention to what the LORD says.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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