Written by Carrie Rhodes

As I turned my Bible to Proverbs 27 I noticed I already had 3 verses underlined-most likely verses that stood out to me during prior readings or sermons. I underlined one other verse that really spoke to me this time as I read it again. To me, there seems to be three underlining themes in this chapter that also appear frequently in other proverbs and throughout the Bible.

    The first theme is pretty self-explanatory and it’s how Solomon starts the proverb in verse 1 “Do not boast about tomorrow for you do not know what a day may bring forth.”  Honestly, my first reaction when I read this again was Jesus said a similar thing. In Matthew 6:34 Jesus instructs us “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” The difference is Solomon tells us not to “boast” and Jesus tells us not to “worry.” These verses have brought much peace to me over the years as I, like most of us, can tend to want to have control over the events of my life and also worry about the future. These verses prompt me to remember whose I am and who holds everything under creation in His hands. God has a plan with how events in our lives unfold and we are to honor Him and seek His counsel as we are living out today and not miss opportunities He gives us today to grow with Him because we’re focused on tomorrow.

    The second theme that appears is welcoming discipline and hardships that ultimately would mold us more into the image of God.  This is a tough one because it means hearing others tell us when we are wrong as well as admitting our own sins and faults. I can easily see errors in those around me but it’s much more uncomfortable to respectively listen to others telling me what mine are and owning up to them. Proverbs 27:5-6 says “Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses,” and Provers 27:17 says “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” As brothers and sisters in Christ we are encouraged to help one another grow in our walks with Christ and sometimes that entails having the courage to tell a friend, out of love, when we see sin in their lives. It also involves being receptive to hearing it about ourselves. I believe the application is helping one another stay away from sinful attitudes, temptations, and behaviors will help promote repentance and spiritual growth with the Lord.

    The third theme relates to ensuring Christ-honoring hearts and behaviors. Proverbs 27:19 states “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.” Throughout this proverb Solomon tells us not to engage in self-praise; don’t be provoked by fools; don’t have a heart that’s consumed with anger, fury, and jealousy; and don’t forsake a friend in need.”  On other hand he tells us to give earnest counsel; be wise & prudent; look after our “master” or I believe submit well to those in higher authority, and be attentive of what is going on in and around us. This list is not all inclusive but I know I can already identify room for improvement  in my own life…and when I have confessed sins and made strides in living in accordance with Godly wisdom I feel so much better even if my circumstance haven’t changed.

    I believe God included this proverb in the Bible because our Triune God is a God of love, and He doesn’t want us engaging in behavior that will damage our relationship with Him and what He wants to do in our lives. Today is such a special day as it's Easter!  Today we celebrate God loving us so much that He sent His son to earth to show us His loving character and how to live in unity with Him. Jesus loved us so much he chose to sacrifice Himself in our place so that all of our sins could be forgiven, and through accepting Him as our Savior we can be restored with God. Thank God Jesus didn’t just die on a cross but He conquered Satan, sin, and death and is alive! Through His Holy Spirit, which we receive when we accept Him as our Savior, we get to live each day with Him forever! I urge you to celebrate the new life that is made possible through Him and use Proverbs to help ensure we are growing with Him each and every day.

Thank you Jesus for giving us your Word to guide us how to live every day in ways that would honor you until we get to be with you forever in Heaven. Amen.