Proverbs 13: 2020 Bible Challenge

Devotional Text and Meditation for the Day

By Neal Luebbers

Proverbs 13:13

In approaching this 13th chapter in Proverbs, it is good for us to remember that this entire book can be concisely summarized as divinely inspired applications that teach us how to wisely apply God’s standards to our lives.  In the case of this specific chapter, we are presented with multiple antithetical proverbs that contrast wisdom and foolishness.  These directly opposed states lead to very different outcomes when pursued to their end.  With all of these overarching truths in mind, let’s look specifically today at Proverbs 13:13 – “Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.”

Consider this, due to the wicked and deceitful nature of our own hearts, we are incapable of thinking or seeing situations correctly (Proverbs 16:2; 21:2, Jeremiah 17:9) and are in need of the teaching and guidance of the Lord (Proverbs 3:11), His Word (Proverbs 1:2-3), godly parents (Proverbs 1:8; 4:1; 13:24), and God’s people (Proverbs 10:17; 13:18; 19:20).  Verse 13 could not be any clearer: if we follow our own wisdom (“despising God’s Word”), it will lead to “destruction”.  If we fear God & His Word and obey what it says (“reveres the commandment”), it will result in eternal “reward”.  You see, it is not enough for us to believe that God’s Word is true!  We must actively apply its truth to every situation that we face while fighting against the foolish wisdom that flows from our own hearts!!!  Can you think of specific examples where you have recently made a decision based upon what YOU thought was wise?  How about the times when you responded with what God said was wise?  List ONE specific situation in your life where you are still “despising God’s Word” and ask yourself, “Why am I willingly choosing ‘destruction’, and what is keeping me from revering His commandment?”

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