Wisdom Hates What God Hates
Wisdom comes from intimacy with God. Drawing near to God through prayer and Scriptural study reveals His heart which the wise take to heart.
Proverbs Chapter 6
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His father had taught him the ropes of the family business. Along with this had come the informal education of why it was always preferable to be in business than being employed. He remembered his dad repeatedly saying that being in business meant you had more options. It also meant that you had to learn to take risks. He was remembering these particular thoughts of his father because he had just come from the Court where he had learned that one of his customers was unable to pay his substantial debt and would now be legally discharged from ever paying it. His disappointment was made more bitter because this customer had been a long term ‘friend’. They had often spent time together with their families over BBQs and other social outings. At one of these social times together, his friend had told of a business deal he was hoping to get into if only he could raise the cash. Painfully, he was now remembering back to this fateful moment. Later this day, he would tell his older boy-
“My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger, if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor. Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber; save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler.”
Being in business not only required calculated risk taking, it also brought with it risks. His father had told him that many people were too afraid to go into business for themselves. Others, he felt, were not only not up to the work-load, they could not handle the additional responsibility. In fact, business, his father would say, was really just responsibility. Being responsible meant carrying an extra load. Of course, those who shirked hard work would never accept responsibility for much.
“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.”
Being in Business was really about relationships. Building strong relationships with suppliers, customers, staff, stake-holders, and the community, was the key to business success. There are some people that his father, who seemed to be speaking from first-hand experience, said should always be avoided.
“A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.”
Business was not merely a combination of commercial transactions. It encompassed far more. With God’s blessing, his father stated, everything you do – especially in business – could be more successful. Therefore, discovering what invoked God’s blessing or what prevented it was of the utmost importance.
“There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”
His dad even went so far as to say that wandering eyes on another woman could not ruin your own life and family, but your business too.
“Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes…Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?
Learn to love what God loves and hate what God hates. This is the pursuit of the wise.