Proverbs 14:1-35

The key verse of the book of Proverbs is “ The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

Proverbs 14 tells us that a person who fears the LORD walks upright (verse 2) and shuns evil (verse 16), He has a secure fortress (verse 26) and is called a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death (verse 27).

What are the actions we should take to show our fear of the LORD? We must receive God’s words and treasure His commands within us, inclining our ears to wisdom and our hearts to understanding ( Proverbs 2:1-2).

In Proverbs 14, it contrasts the consequence between the wise person and the fool. Some people think religious people are easily manipulated and fooled by others such as the presidential nominees or by the president. In order to get your vote, they will tell you what you want to hear. Some even think that Christians are so naive that they only vote for one political party. No matter what political party you are, we should pray for our leaders. In verse 34-35, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people. A king delights in a wise servant but a shameful servant arouses his fury.” I pray that our leaders will be surrounded by wise counsels. I also pray that we as Christians have the courage to stand up for the truth. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtues consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” (Maya Angelou)

In Proverbs 21:1 “In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels towards all who please him. We know no matter who is going to be the next president, God is in control. Our hope rests on God alone.          —- Alan Yam.

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