Reading: Proverbs 10:1-32
Yesterday, in Chapter 9, we read that Wisdom has built her house of seven pillars, (9:1). Seven is often seen as a perfect number throughout the Bible, and speaks of wholeness and completeness. Solomon may be saying that the house that wisdom builds is whole and will never fall down. However, many people reading through Proverbs have found a number of themes in the book that Solomon and others come back to again and again and have suggested that these are the seven pillars of wisdom. Nowhere in the book are these themes explicitly stated, but some commentators seem to agree that the themes are integrity and personal purity, faithfulness, generosity, gentleness, diligence, the words we speak and self control. The similarities between these seven pillars and the fruits of the Spirit are amazing.
Proverbs Chapter 10 has much to say about integrity. What is integrity? It’s defined many ways, upright, honest, sound and trustworthy. I have heard that it’s like being a stick of ‘Blackpool rock’ you are the same all the way through. The same inside and out! It’s a moral quality; wisdom has nothing to do with cleverness, brilliance or intelligence. Day after day the newspapers tell us of brilliant, gifted people who have risen to high offices and yet have no integrity. The ‘Panama Papers’, the selling of Bhs for a pound are just two such stories from the last month. Socrates is reported to have said, “why is it that men know what is good but do what is bad?”
Paul Larsen writes ‘The simplicity of integrity is the profundity of wisdom’. How today can I act with simple integrity in all my dealings?
“Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” (Mat 5:37)
“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” (Proverbs 10:9 ESV)
O God, help me to be one who is upright in all my ways, one who is trustworthy and one who is honest. Father there are many times when I don’t do the good I know I should, and times when I do the very things I don’t want to. Please forgive me, and strengthen me for your service today. In Jesus name. Amen
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