“I have some really good news.”
Maybe you’ve sat in a doctor’s office and he stood there with the results of tests. It was not something life threatening. It was not the dreaded thing you feared. It could be remedied with medication. You heaved a sigh of relief…that was indeed really good news.
Perhaps you put off figuring your taxes, because you were sure it was going to mean you owed money. With trepidation, you went to the accountant who sat with you walking you through each step. At the end, you got the word that you didn’t owe money; you were getting a refund. Celebration time!
A call came and the long-anticipated grandchild was born. Such great news.
This passage today gives us some counsel about several different areas. Proverbs often addresses both sides of a coin. It means we get to choose how we are going to live. Are we going to follow the Lord or follow our own path? There are two roads.
“The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live. The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil. The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise. Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding. Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.” Proverbs 15:27-33
Yes, two sides but let’s examine the right side.
Hate bribes and live.
The righteous weigh answers.
God hears the prayers of the righteous.
Good news brings health.
Heed life-giving instruction and be at home with the wise.
Heed correction and gain understanding.
Fear the Lord.
Humility comes before honor.
There are two paths to choose from. Proverbs makes it very clear. Choose to follow the Lord. When we do, that is the best news ever!
Lord Jesus, I choose You. Help me to follow Your path.