Before I get too far into this post, I want to make a few things very clear. This is NOT a political post. This is NOT a racial post. Judging by the title of this post and in light of current events, one might conclude that it could be either of those things, but I assure you that it is not. This IS, however, a Proverbs post. We’ve been in the book of Proverbs together for quite some time, and we’re going to be in the book of Proverbs until we finish these last few chapters. So, in Proverbs we remain.
Today’s Proverb happens to address the importance of people over things and tasks. Things and tasks can pose themselves in a myriad of different ways in our lives: material possessions, to do lists, agendas, passions, ideologies, pursuits, goals, etc. The point: People matter more than these lesser things, so to walk in wisdom means to prioritize that which will build up, strengthen, and edify our human relationships. Adhering to this wisdom will change everything. Refusing to listen to this wisdom can do the same. Let’s lean in, let’s tune our ears to the Word of God, and let’s be changed for the better today because of it. Amen?
Proverbs 27 is broken into two parts. The first part specifically highlights interpersonal behaviors and skills, and the second part focuses on leadership and character development of the leader. Both sections deal with human relationships and the dynamics between them. Both speak wisdom into how we relate to others, and both guide us in wise living as we cultivate and maintain the relationships in our lives.
When we read and study Scripture, our end goal should always be application. How am I going to apply this truth to my life? How am I going to change because of God’s Word? It’s no different here in Proverbs 27. As we read through this passage today, let’s ask ourselves a few questions:
#1—Does my life reflect the truth that people are more important than things or tasks?
#2—Am I doing the hard work to foster and grow healthy relationships in my life?
#3—How can I prioritize someone in my life today who needs me to show them love?
Because Jesus prioritized people. Because Jesus left Heaven to be with people. Because Jesus gave His life for people. So, we should follow suit.
“Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.” Proverbs 27:1
“Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
but an enemy multiplies kisses.” Proverbs 27:6
“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,
and the pleasantness of a friend
springs from their heartfelt advice.” Proverbs 27:9
“As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17