A Wise Person Stores Food Like an Ant

A steward is someone who has been entrusted with the resources of another... A steward stands in stark contrast to the consumer or user... The basis of stewardship is the recognition that God owns everything and we own nothing.” (Purses with Holes). … More

Steward

When a person resists truth and is permitted to go unrebuked it makes him look good in the eyes of the ignorant. For this reason we are told that the public punishment of a scorner may cause the simple to become wise (v. 11). The “Righteous One” refers to God, not man, because only He fully knows what the wicked do and can bring them to ruin (v. 12). A person who heartlessly disregards the needs of the poor will be disregarded when he is in need (v. 13). Giving someone a gift may help calm his anger for he will sense that the gift is an evidence of love or at least concern (v. 14). Only the righteous can welcome justice because evildoers are its victims (v. 15). Being unwise is pictured as straying from the path of understanding (v. 16).

The person who is wise enough to forego present indulgences in their early days, will be in position later on in life to enjoy that which they have been able to lay by (v. 17). This does not imply that we should live a dismal life but that we should not just live for pleasure and self. This next verse does not mean that the wicked redeem the righteous (v. 18). Instead it may mean that the wicked who have caused the righteous to suffer will themselves suffer.

A contentious and angry woman is beyond all words disagreeable, and can with her tongue and her selfish ways produce misery for those in her household. To live in a tent in the desert alone would be better than in a palace in her company (v. 19). A wise person stores up food like an ant preparing for winter, but a foolish person is shortsighted (v. 20). Caring only for the pleasures of the present time, he does not save for the future; he consumes all his food and therefore has nothing to eat between harvests. Being righteous and loyal results in life, prosperity, and honor (v. 21).

Application

This would be an excellent time to discuss how important it is to be good stewards of that which the Lord entrusts to us (I Cor. 4:2). I need to help my children have a savings plan for the future and not spend all their money as they get it. This will involve a simple budget and a check-up system.

Proverbs 21:11-21 (English Standard Version)

When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise; when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge. The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked; he throws the wicked down to ruin. Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered. A gift in secret averts anger, and a concealed bribe, strong wrath. When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. One who wanders from the way of good sense will rest in the assembly of the dead. Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich. The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, and the traitor for the upright. It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman. Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man's dwelling, but a foolish man devours it. Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.

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