Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 19:13 A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping of rain. 14 House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
Good Comes From
First let’s look at verse 13, then tie it in to verse 14. How does a foolish son become a ruin to his father? Well, it proclaims to the world that his was a bad father whether he was or not. He did not bring up his son right… He did not teach him to be a man who would do good and walk in wisdom. He brings ruin to his father by polluting his family name… We may think we will be known by our own deeds in life but people also form an opinion about us by who is in our family and even those in our close circle whom we fellowship with… These things, sometimes rightfully and other times wrongfully… still they mark us as one to make judgements about by the world.
So a foolish son can be ruin to his father…. But Solomon also says something about a mans wife… she could even be the mother of the foolish son that brought ruin to his father. She is always arguing with her husband… she continually has a falling out with her friends and some have disowned her for good. She considers herself a victim in life and thinks she deserves things and money and fame and people who deprive her of it are evil and so she is always grumbling hoping somehow she might get her own way.
This continual dripping that Solomon compares her to makes me think of some form of torturing with water. It is like an itch you cant scratch… And if you possibly are able to scratch it just gets worse. If you argue back this woman will make threats to you or to harm herself. It seems like a no win situation.
Well, verse 14 gives hope to someone whether man or woman, boy or girl who is in a difficult situation and life is out of their control. Solomon says in this world houses and wealth are passed on to children in the form of an inheritance… But a prudent wife is from the Lord. Yes, relationships are what Solomon is focusing on in these verses… Relationships between people like the foolish boy and the quarreling wife and even the father… all their relationships with God first… then with one another.
Relationships filled with foolishness, arguing and grumbling are that way whenwe are seeking to find satisfaction in the world… We are believing satans promises…
But the good things that bring peace and true joy and life… innumerable unsearchable riches… Good loving relationships… a purpose for living… They come from the Lord through Jesus Christ who gave his life that we might live… and he defeated death that we might live in victory and new life with a purpose and then be raised up with him incorruptible forever.