While I am writing on the Proverbs 28, I want to take a step back today and look at this particular section of Proverbs as a whole. Proverbs 25-29 is a collection of sayings that were written down by the scribes of King Hezekiah. We are told that the sayings originated with King Solomon, who is considered to be the wisest King in the story of Israel. These five chapters are designed with the intention of teaching young rulers how to sit on the throne and rule with justice and equity. Themes that dominate are those of righteous living and how important it is to take care of all people who live within the land of Israel.
Think about this fact for just a moment. There are 215 years that separate the reigns of Solomon and Hezekiah, yet they both looked to the same source for wisdom and guidance. Theirs was a reality in which those who came before you were to be trusted because they had been through similar experiences and could help you to navigate complex and difficult situations. The Proverbs would never say something like, “Trust your gut, or listen to your heart”, because they understood that far too often that advice will lead to a very dark place. If you want to live well, then look to those who have come before you, look at those who have lived well throughout their days!
As I have read these Proverbs, I can’t help but think about the influence of my mentors and those who have been in my shoes. I don’t know what I would do without men like Bruce Morgan and Bill Coates, who taught me about what it looks like to pastor large churches. I am continually indebted to Gary Redding and Rodger Murchison, men who never hesitate to lend me their ears or give me a word of encouragement. It is in part because of them that it is possible for me to live well in 2021 and beyond.
I wonder, who are your mentors? Who are those people that you trust to give you solid advice in your moments of need? Have you ever thought about telling them how grateful you are for their wisdom? I want to encourage you to take a moment today and let them (or maybe their children if they are no longer alive) know how much their influence had meant in your life.
Grace and Peace,