Proverbs 11: Proverbs Of Solomon

For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers. – Proverbs 11:14

Today’s Proverb is full of one sentence statements. These are like gold bricks. Each able to stand alone. Placed one on top of another they are both priceless and powerfully strong. A foundation built from gold would be strong enough to build anything upon it, especially your life and mine.

Take time to read each one of these Proverbs of Solomon. Here are just a few:

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” (v. 2).

“Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death” (v. 4).

“The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires” (v.6).

“Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed” (v. 11).

“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret” (v. 13).

“Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free” (v. 21).

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (v. 25).

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives” (v. 30.

Take a minute and meditate upon this Proverb:

“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers” (v. 14).

Are you a student of the world? Maybe you are a history buff who loves to study great nations throughout time. How about the Roman Empire, which lasted more than 1500 years (longer than any other civilization in history)? Its fame was legendary. All roads led to Rome, the Roman Way dominated the known world, its enemies feared its progress and its residents treasured the benefits of its power. History speaks often of the Roman Council, a gathering of the wisest men to guide alongside Caesar. Just think how many emperors lived and died over 1500 years and imagine the hundreds of advisors that served this nation. One can’t argue the success of this nation. The collective wisdom through the ages must have given credence to today’s proverb.

What about today’s nations? What about the one in which we live? Are the wisest advisors coming to the table together? Are they seeking guidance from God and desiring to lead accordingly?

Nations require great leadership. Solomon’s wisdom indicates success and victory come from more than one voice.

Father God, I pray for our nation today. I pray for our leaders, including our President, his cabinet, our military leaders, our Congress and Senate. Guide them with your wisdom Lord. I meditate upon your Word in Proverbs 21:1 – “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.”. Lord, may your sovereign hand direct the White House, and touch my house as well. In Jesus’ name, amen.

– Chris Stull

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