Proverbsby David Cook
In Proverbs 29, we see the difference in lifestyle, actions, and attitude between those who choose wisdom and those who do not, and the results of their choice. They include:
Besides contrasting the actions and fruit of those who choose or reject wisdom, Proverbs 29 also makes several observations about those who choose to live foolishly:
By contrasting the outcomes of those who live wisely and those who don't, and by showing us the consequences of those who live foolishly, Proverbs 29 makes clear what we should do-and should not do-to avoid living in a manner that contradicts God's ways. It ends with a strong note that the righteous and wicked will always be at odds with one another (v. 27). There is no middle ground. This irreconcilable conflict between good and evil can be seen in the repeated use of the expression ″the Lord detests″ throughout Proverbs (3:32; 11:1, 20; 12:22; 15:8-9, 26; 17:15; 20:10, 23). Just as the Lord detests evil, the wise will reflect His righteousness and detest all that is wicked too (29:27).
In 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, Paul stresses the believer's solidarity with God, noting that righteousness and wickedness cannot have anything in common. He goes on to quote Leviticus 26:12 and Isaiah 52:11, which call us to walk in God's ways and to be holy, to separate ourselves from unrighteousness.
Jesus makes the same call. In John 8:44, He warns those living in solidarity with their father, the devil. In contrast, the family of God lives in solidarity with the Father and does the Father's will (Matthew 12:49-50).
Take another look at the contrasts between those who choose wisdom and those who do not in Proverbs 29. Which ones can you apply to your life?
What does it mean to be in union with Christ? What changes can you make to live in solidarity with Him and the Father's will?