Proverbs 10

The proverbs of Solomon:
A wise son brings joy to his father,
    but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.
Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,
    but righteousness delivers from death.
The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
    but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
Lazy hands make for poverty,
    but diligent hands bring wealth.
He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
    but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
    but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
The name of the righteousis used in blessings,
    but the name of the wicked will rot.
The wise in heart accept commands,
    but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
Whoever walks in integritywalks securely,
    but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
10 Whoever winks maliciouslycauses grief,
    and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
    but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up conflict,
    but love covers over all wrongs.
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
    but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.
14 The wise store up knowledge,
    but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,
    but poverty is the ruin of the poor.
16 The wages of the righteous is life,
    but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.
17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,
    but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips
    and spreads slander is a fool.
19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
    but the prudent hold their tongues.
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
    but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
21 The lips of the righteous nourish many,
    but fools die for lack of sense.
22 The blessing of the Lordbrings wealth,
    without painful toil for it.
23 A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes,
    but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.
24 What the wicked dread will overtake them;
    what the righteous desire will be granted.
25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
    but the righteous stand firm forever.
26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
    so are sluggards to those who send them.
27 The fear of the Lord adds length to life,
    but the years of the wicked are cut short.
28 The prospect of the righteous is joy,
    but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
29 The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless,
    but it is the ruin of those who do evil.
30 The righteous will never be uprooted,
    but the wicked will not remain in the land.
31 From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom,
    but a perverse tonguewill be silenced.
32 The lips of the righteous know what finds favor,
    but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.

The emergency alert came to my phone early Monday afternoon that “hot, dry, and potentially historic strong easterly winds” were expected. The warning briefly brought to mind the verse from Proverbs 10 that I had just read that morning about the tempest, a strong storm wind with destructive forces. When the forecasted winds came later in the day, bringing heavy smoke and ash, I returned to verse 25 and then opened to Matthew 7:24-27 for the reminder that no matter what literal or figurative storm comes my way I will be eternally secure because my foundation is Jesus Christ.

Pause When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous is established forever (vs. 25).

Ponder: When I face literal and figurative storms in my life — both historic and everyday — how do I typically respond? According to God’s Word, including the sayings of Proverbs 10, how should I respond?

Pray: Lord, my friends and I are facing the horrific realities of life in this sin-scarred world with solutions outside our control, and I humbly come to you, releasing my anxieties and fears to You. Keep my feet rooted in You and on the path of life, for You are my Hope.

— Jaime Sherman