A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son, heartache to his mother. Ill-gotten gains do not profit anyone, but righteousness rescues from death. The Lord will not let the righteous go hungry, but He denies the wicked what they crave. Idle hands make one poor, but diligent hands bring riches. The son who gathers during summer is prudent; the son who sleeps during harvest is disgraceful. Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. The remembrance of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot. Prov 10:1-7 (HCSB)
Do you want to see your name bring a smile to others? Solomon opens his personal wise sayings by declaring it is the wise son who seeks to live right according to God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s wisdom according to God’s Word. The contrast of lifestyles between the righteous and those opposed to God’s desire for them is a core theme in the proverbs.
- The righteous person brings joy to his or her parents versus heartache because of his or her foolishness.
- The righteous person works honestly for what they have versus seek shortcuts for selfish gains at the expense of others.
- The righteous lead an abundant life and are always satisfied with what they have versus those who the Lord denies and as a result are never satisfied with what they have.
- The righteous prepares for the future and invests wisely versus those who live day by day, paycheck to paycheck.
- The thoughts, deeds and words of the righteous builds up relationships versus those who put up a good front to conceal their real selfish motives.
And, at the end of a righteous life, the real blessing is how their name lingers in the hearts and on the minds of all who were touched by their unselfish life choices, which honored the Lord. However, in stark contrast, the name of the selfish person is only remembered when someone walks by their tombstone after they are gone.
Why has Solomon’s wise words lasted for so long, for almost three thousand years beyond his days on this earth? Though history says Solomon was not perfect, he tried to live according to and under the daily influence of God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s wisdom according to God’s Word.
How about you? How will you be remembered by friends and family long after your days in this life? How will the Lord acknowledge you on that day when you stand before Him?
(Jesus declared…) Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So you’ll recognize them by their fruit. Matt 7:15-20 (HCSB)