Chapter 16 tells us more about the virtues of Wisdom and the strife of Foolishness.
If we want to have positive thoughts that lead us to virtue, we should commit our works to the lord. If we want peace, we should make decisions using wisdom and patience rather than rashness and folly. As we exhibit Wisdom peace we find a fulfillment and happiness only found when we put trust in the Lord.
V3 tells us:
"Commit to the Lord whatever you do
and he will establish your plans"
Two specific items come to mind.
1. "If you want to make God Laugh...Just tell him your plans." - W. Gibson Magill. For the past 20+ years, this has been a hallmark of much of my decision making process. I have used this aphorism not as a warning to keep my plans hidden from God...Rather, I had banked on the prudence of well crafted "back up plans." As I grow in Wisdom, I realize this statement is more of a warning that our plans are best served when we exercise patience and flexibility. Thy will be done. Not My will be done.
2. Patience. Once upon a time, during a period of my life personified by much haste and impatience. Five years of great personal accolade and momentous career growth...I was searching for the next rung on the ladder. My dear (and wise) Uncle Barry told me that I should place my trust in God's Plan. My Foolish reply to this Wise and Sage advice: "I wish he would hurry up and let me know his plan." I exhibited a great deal of immaturity that day. My faith was erroneously placed on my abilities and hubris. I refused the Wisdom of a great man that day, as a consequence, I and quickly learned that God's plan would be executed on God's Schedule.
Far too often I have refused to gain Wisdom the "easy way." My pride has intervened and ego dictated that I should learn the "hard way."
Chapter 17 Tomorrow.
The Proverbs Project
For the next 30 days, I intend to read and reflect on one chapter in the book of Proverbs.