Better is the Poor man who walks in his integrity.
There is a lot going on in Chapter 19... Not the least of which are the pitfalls of an unrighteous spouse (more on that coming soon). The goodness of a spouse is not the topic of reflection for today. Most of our learning thus far equates Wisdom to Wealth and the impoverished to folly. Chapter 19 introduces an additional layer to this proverbial onion... Those lacking integrity are far worse off than those lacking Wisdom...It is not a stretch to infer that exemplary integrity may be the epitome of Wisdom. Regardless, it is better to be poor of wealth than poor of integrity.
"The Wrath of a King is the lie Roar of a Lion."
Kings are those who have influence over others. The Kings are the Leaders. Leaders have a voice. That voice should be used to empower and inspire.
Many years ago, Our team was taking the field at J. Leslie Rollins Stadium. We were preparing ourselves mentally and physically for a college football game. My friend, Brad Pohlman, a man of few words, impeccable integrity, and incredible physical strength, turned my direction and said. "I Wish I could Roar Like a Lion."
A Lion's roar commands attention, demands reverence, and is impossible to ignore. Successful leaders must develop the voice of a Lion. This Roar is not for fear. Rather, the roar of a Leader should inspire actions, empower growth, and facilitate change. It is a Roar of attention, of clear communication, and action.
Chapter 20 Tomorrow.
The Proverbs Project
For the next 30 days, I intend to read and reflect on one chapter in the book of Proverbs.