A lot of the time our own selfish decisions lead us to a rough patch, yet we still choose to blame others and a lot of the time... God! God seems to be the easiest to blame for our own mistakes.
"A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free." (V5)
God knows your heart, he knows my heart. Nothing we do or say is hidden. God already knows what our intentions are, even when others cannot and he will judge according to our hearts. Do not claim something you do not have.
You may think nobody will ever know that lie or that little sneaky sin... WRONG. God knows our heart. He sees it all. Let your heart be pure and honest, speak truth and do not let lies live your life for you. It can happen so quickly. One lie leads to another.
If you are seeking wisdom, you are seeking God.
"A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense." (V11) Have you ever heard of turning the other cheek? That is what this is saying.
The definition of patience is 'to tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry.'
Being patient in situations and with others is always something I have struggled with. If you know me, you know I am energetic, fast paced and quick to make decisions sometimes... I hate staying still. I am not very good at 'riding the storm'. I am trying to work on that with God DAILY because Patience is so so important. Impatience can lead to anger which leads us to the next verse.
Patience is being able to overlook the hurt others have caused you or the hurt you have faced. Patience is remaining calm and focused when around you may be a chaotic mess.
Patience is waiting and trusting in God for the next step when a door in front of you closes.
"A foolish son is his Father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping." (V13)
I love how it says that... "like a constant dripping". We all know what a dripping faucet sounds like.... obnoxious... almost unbearable. It can make us impatient. This ties back to what we talked about before about marriage as a christian wife and the kind of wife we should be striving to be.
Do not break down your husband for his failures, instead LOVE him unconditionally.
Do not get angry at him and raise your voice when you feel hurt by him... chances are, it was NOT INTENTIONAL, chances are it was a mistake... he isn't perfect so learn to forgive him, be patient with him and LIVE OUT GRACE!
Do not complain to him... he works hard (most of em do anyway) ;) and he is not perfect... he is doing the best he can to provide. It's a lot to handle so try to focus on the positives...his positives and pray about the 'tough things' and instead of always praying for him to change in this or that, pray for your heart to be softened so that you can overlook his failures and gently but powerfully encourage and support him in his weakness.
"He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die." (V16)
We have seen it in the bible and in our own lives... God blesses those who follow his instructions. It will be rewarded. Sometimes not on earth but it will be rewarded.
In verse 27 it talks about how important it is to remain in God's word.
"Stop listening to instruction my son and you will stray from the words of knowledge." (V27)