Tuesday, June 21, 2022
22 A good life gets passed on to the grandchildren;
ill-gotten wealth ends up with good people.
23 Banks foreclose on the farms of the poor,
or else the poor lose their shirts to crooked lawyers.
24 A refusal to correct is a refusal to love;
love your children by disciplining them.
25 An appetite for good brings much satisfaction,
but the belly of the wicked always wants more.
-Proverbs 13:22-25 The Message
22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
23 The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food,
but it is swept away through injustice.
24 Whoever spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
25 The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,
but the belly of the wicked suffers want.
Verse 22 study: A good person expects his foresight to bless his posterity. A sinner accumulates what will soon go to the righteous.
Verse 23 study: The poor suffer through an unrealized potential of their resources; they also suffer through injustice because it takes away their possessions.
The injustice of society makes it hard for the poor to live. A poor man or woman’s soul may be good, but they are continually robbed of producing what they can contribute to life. This Proverb, it is not taken lightly about poverty; the Proverb is serious about this topic. Proverbs don’t wink at it and move on. It’s clearly an injustice for the poor and minority, whichever one you prefer to call it. The Proverb describes what happens with the poor. As followers of Christ, we have to fight for people that are injustice in every dimension. When we fight, it may look like we are not getting anywhere, but the thought of God’s wisdom will prevail and win overall.
Verse 24 study: It is never easy to discipline a child, but it is necessary. God gave parents the tremendous honor of nurturing and guiding their children. However, the lack of discipline doubts the parents’ love for the child because of the lack of direction and development. Discipline is the prevention of disaster, and without correction of right and wrong, children will have no clear path of right and wrong and where they are being guided in life. So, don’t be afraid to discipline your child because it is an act of love. Keep in mind there is a difference between discipline and abusing a child. Physical abuse is not the answer. Discipline is used to guide and teach. Inflicting pain on a child without a cause is physical abuse. If you have a temper problem and are set off based on what the child is doing, that is not a disciplinary issue but clearly physical abuse. However, remember that your efforts won’t make your children wise. They can only be encouraged to seek God’s wisdom to be wise.
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