I’ve been on a very special weekend with my daughters and all the grands. It was special because it’s the first time to have a getaway, just us girls, and the first time for my older daughter to bring her foster-children, not to mention having four grands at the beach; a priceless experience. But what makes it most special is because it was Mother’s Day Weekend, and we each understand what motherhood exemplifies. There’s nothing that bonds you together better than the practice of being a mom!
While I’ve been away on my enjoyable Mother’s Day trip, I missed getting chapter 11 of Proverbs up. But here it is in a nutshell!
God values righteousness! Just examine how many times the word righteous and righteousness are used in the New American Standard Bible!
What we find is the practical benefits that wisdom provides in all areas of life: In Business (verses 1-4), In Personal Problems (verses 5-8), and In Government (verses 9-15).
Sometime back, as my older daughter began looking for a beach house to rent for our lovely, exciting getaway, she explored Airbnb’s closer to home. After finding one and having it reserved with a deposit, several weeks later she was contacted about hurricane repairs that would be done on the beach house during our stay. Work that included loud pounding and ongoing interruptions. Whaaaat? At the time of reservation, we weren’t told about any hurricane damage or repairs needed. “Honesty guides good people” (Proverbs 11:3a, NLT). Being very disappointed we didn’t receive the full information and being sure that we didn’t want to waste our money staying in a place being repaired, we asked for our money back. The owner then advised us to cancel our reservation knowing they would then be excused for any mismanagement of the reservation agreement and we would lose our deposit. “The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights” (11:1). Knowing our only choice was to report the owner so we could recoup our money, we then were able to get a refund plus $70 inconvenience money. It did require us to look further from home. However, we are thankful for the wonderful place we found in the Outer Banks in Kill Devils Hill.
“The Lord detests people with crooked hearts, but he delights in those with integrity” (11:20).
It is always wise to pray for wisdom in any business venture. Such godly wisdom is very practical!