9 The light of the righteous rejoices,
But the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
10 By pride comes nothing but strife,
But with the well-advised is wisdom.
In the Proverbs it is usual to have two to four verses in a series. The series will address similar issues of wisdom and foolishness by stating them a little bit differently. When you understand this, you will read the Proverbs less like a bunch if individual statements and more like a teaching on various themes.
In this section we see the theme of righteousness and wisdom verses the wicked and the prideful. The righteous have a light to guide them and the wicked, walking in their darkness, have no light. The prideful, in their self-inflicted darkness, come to strife, while the light of the advice of others gives the clear guidance of wisdom.
When we take the time to seek the advice of others, we will find a better way than if we only seek our own guidance. The end of this wisdom is rejoicing. I can attest to the times that I would look for a YouTube video to help me fix a problem on my car. The advice of others saved me time and money and I would rejoice at how quickly and mistake-free the project went. The times I really thought I knew what I was doing and dove in without researching other’s advice usually ended badly with not having the right tools, not taking off the right part first, and so on.
Life is more important than fixing a car. Seeking the careful advice of others can truly save us from great, great pain. We have known those who demanded we leave them alone as they dove into the darkness of their lives. In that darkness, devoid of wisdom, there is no rejoicing that lasts. The darkness comes quickly as does the regret and the pain. Yes, we think we know what is best for us and we pridefully dive into the water of our own wisdom. Not long thereafter the waters become dark and strife begins. Oh, my friends, please seek the wisdom of those who love you before you decide to dive into your own conclusions. You will find rejoicing light and wisdom to keep you from the strife-filled darkness.
Sunday here was another wonderful day with the family of God. The Nathanial Choir joined with us and powerfully exalted the Lord’s name. Our own church musicians led us in Christ-centered worship and then we gathered around 1 John 4:7-11 seeking to better understand the free, uncaused, unsolicited, and un-repayable love of God to us. God calls us to love others with His love which is impossible unless we possess His love within us. I pray that our church will see God loving others through them even more this week.
Our ministry last Thursday and Friday at Binus School, Serpong, was an important time of ministering the Word of God’s salvation to young people who needed to hear it. Pray for the young people of Indonesia who are born to Christian parents. From birth they are told by society that they are Christians. They know the Bible because they go to Christian churches, but they often do not know the Lord by “new birth.” (I do not want to overgeneralize this; we know Christian parents who do know their children need to be saved and pray toward that end.) Word of Life is beginning to minister here and we have some of their missionaries in our church. They too have come to understand this phenomenon and long to reach the “Christian” teens of the culture. Pray with us as we long to see the children of Christians come to Christ.
Happy Mother’s Day to you who have borne children and sought to raise them with God’s wisdom. We enjoyed time with my mom on Friday. I am so thankful for a mom who loves Jesus, loves her husband, and loves us.
Have a great day in the Lord,