The word despise may not be as harsh as we think. If you’re like me, you think that it’s a terrible word and only applied to things that you absolutely hate. That may be the way I use the word most of the time, but that isn’t how the Bible uses the word. In fact, the word translated as despise in Proverbs 1.7 only means “to look down upon something or someone”. You don’t have to hate something to despise it; you just have to think it’s not useful or helpful.
That changes things, doesn’t it? All of a sudden, we’re must more likely to find ourselves despising the things that God tells us. If we think that we know better than God does about something, then we despise his wisdom and instructions. In fact, I would go so far as to say that everyone has done this at some point in time. Everyone has found God’s word to be useless and trusted in their own wisdom instead. When we do this, we’re acting foolishly.
Gray hair is a crown of glory. Gray hair, a symbol of age and wisdom, is to be honored and held in high regard. Gray hair shouldn’t be covered but showcased.
While we like to think that everyone is a good person, the Scriptures clearly indicate that some people are “worthless” and “wicked”. There are people who have chosen to make themselves the enemies of God; though they know the right things to do, they do not honor God or give him thanks, but they become futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts are darkened (cf Romans 1.20-23). We need to avoid becoming like this and to help those traveling down this pathway find repentance and forgiveness in Christ.
We must guard the knowledge God gives us with our lips by speaking the truth and reminding ourselves and others of what God says.
By remembering that God is the wisest and most loving being in the universe, we can have confidence that his commandments and precepts are for our good always.
If we are to trust in the Lord with all our hearts, then we must be willing to empty ourselves completely. Only when we are emptied can God begin to fill us. Only when we are emptied can we begin to trust completely.
If we aren’t willing to listen to God, then He won’t listen to us. By listening to God’s word, we can draw closer to him and overcome the world through faith.