Wisdom 101 – Chapter Eleven (II)


 The Godless and The Upright – Part Two

I found that quite surprising yesterday that I found so much to say about just the first three verses of chapter eleven. I don’t know how things will turn out long term with my articles now I’ve changed the way I’m doing it, so you will like me have to wait and see. I want to get to the heart of the wisdom contained in the Book of Proverbs especially any help it’s words can give me in how to run a successful business, so here we go again! 🙂

Proverbs 11-4

This is one to wake up to any morning, if you are looking to become wealthy! As you will know if you have read my blog before is that wealth is something that for many years I have avoided, but now I am again seeking. I want to take the balanced view on this now; because in my early years I was materialistically focused and more recently I have been spiritually aware, it’s time to marry the two philosophies together.

What I feel in reading these words from verse four is that it is ok to become wealthy, to desire riches, but not to the extent that it will bring you to a difficult place where your conscience will be troubling you. Like many other people I have made mistakes in my past with money and chasing after it, which I am sorry for and wish I hadn’t done. I want to become wealthy in a way that hurts no-one, especially my peace as I lay my head on the pillow each night before I sleep.

Proverbs 11-5

Have you ever tripped yourself up, either metaphorically or in reality where you don’t quite manage to put one foot in front of the other? It is the height of foolishness, to be the one who causes your own downfall, you have to agree? Elsewhere the scripture says “There is a way that seems right to a man, but it’s end is in destruction!” I think it was Oscar Wilde who said “There is one thing worse than not knowing and that is thinking that you know, when you don’t!”

If we are to avoid such mistakes in life and in business, we need to act in a way that we would be pleased for others to know exactly what we had done, regardless of the day or time. When we do our trajectory in this life will be straight and we will get where we want to be a lot quicker and we won’t go meandering off in a way that will trip us up. This scripture says that those who don’t live their lives in a right and proper way aren’t just making mistakes, they are wicked!

Proverbs 11-6

It seems to be a natural law, that those who live their lives in a right way, will get out of many prospective difficulties just because of the way they act. Put the righteous under pressure and they will do what comes naturally to them , they will be true to their character. This will be of great help to them and their plans in the long run. If you want to build a business that will last all the tests that will come it’s way then treat those you meet the way you would like them to treat you!

Lust and treachery, on the other hand, are enticing but captivating in the way those involved don’t expect them to be. The expression “He was hoisted on his own petard!” comes to mind.  It is in our own interest to “do unto others as you would have them do to you” not so we can be seen as a goody two shoes type character, but so we can escape the karma of what the wrong actions will make of our lives and do to you and I!

Proverbs 11-7

I don’t want to have my hopes to die with me, and my expectations to come to nothing! I have a vision for my family when I am gone, for my children, my grandchildren and those yet to be born to see ” the goodness of the lord in the land of the living!” I suppose that these scriptures have mapped out for me and for you how to avoid that unpleasant outcome. If we want the world to be a better place for your family as a result of you being here, we know what you must do!