Posted By Nan

The sad ways of this world.
The sad ways of the blind fools.
The sad ways of those who prefer the easy path.
Most people prefer wealth and will desert a poor man but seek to befriend a wealthy one. The wealthy and famous become desirable friends. In the meantime, the poor man is ignored and receives little support from others.
But the wise person seeks wisdom and finds it feeds their souls. In their wisdom they realise their souls are important and they care about them, seeking to grow them. Such seeking for understanding leads to prosperity. Godly prosperity. This is not to be confused with worldly prosperity which is about money. Godly prosperity is far richer. And Wisdom gives patience and a forgiving hearth that overlooks offenses.
The repeated message of proverbs, as seen here in this passage, is that the world does not recognise Godly wisdom. It sees the flashy. The superficial. The intoxication of money. The world runs after the rich and famous. It does not see the greatest wealth lies in following Jesus. True riches are with Him.
We see the foolish deserting the poor in favour of the superficial. The false gods.
Interspersed through this is the maliciousness of the gossip. Twice in this passage the writer mentions the fate of the gossip, the malicious teller of tales. Such people will be punished in God’s time. So when it seems you are being attacked on all sides by such malicious people, draw comfort in the knowledge that God will not let them go unpunished.
The wise see true wealth lives in Jesus and in following Him. They stand at the junction. There is the easy path. The one that leads to fortune and fame. The path of the malicious gossip. That leads away from God. And there is the narrow path. Full of hardship and exclusion and difficulty. It leads to God.
And the wise take the narrow path. The path to life and wisdom. The path to God. Because they know that is the true path and God is who they want.

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