Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 28:11 A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out. 12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves. 13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. 14 Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
In Great Glory
In verse 11 Solomon starts us out today with what appears to be a comparison taking two examples to their reasonable extreme in order to highlight the point he is making. Here we see a rich man and a poor man. But in keeping with the way chapter 28 is written I believe the implication is that these are also a wicked and a righteous man. So using the extreme vastness of the example we see that whether a man is rich or middle class or poor or anywhere in between… If he is wise in his own eyes… if he is prideful… he will be found out by a man of understanding whether he is poor, middle classed or rich or anywhere in between. An extreme example like this shows us the rock solid reliability of this truth across the board.
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves. 13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
So here we can see the person who is found out in verse 11. This man who was wise in his own eyes and concealed his wickedness and true intentions… His ways has come to light and he will not prosper. A man of understanding has found him.
Who is this man of understanding? This one who triumphs and participates in great glory. This is who I want to be. Verse 13 says he is one who confesses and forsakes his transgressions. That's called repentance. Then in Verse 14 it says:
14 Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
I think these are the same two people Solomon has been talking about through the chapter.
So this man of understanding is also one who fears the Lord always and does not harden his heart against God or his word.
By the way, this is a good kind of fearing. A child should not harden their heart against a loving parent… No! They should fear the thought of doing so! If they received no correction from their parents it would indicate their parents don’t love them as they should… they don’t care what path they follow or what kind of person they will grow up to be. So this kind of fear is good for the soul and it lets us know we are truly a child who has God as our Father.
Hebrews 12:5-6 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
So these righteous who triumph… are those who repent and confess and look to God as Father… Our righteousness comes from Gods Son Jesus… our self righteousness… (today's text indicated this as being wise in our own eyes) The Bible says our righteousness is as filthy rags.
Jesus did not come to earth to pay us for our sins but rather to take the payment for our sins. He lived a perfect righteous life and died a wicked sinners death… He took the wages of sin we deserve. He gives all who delight in him and his words… all who believe… all who have faith in him… his own righteousness that we might be accepted by God and have fellowship and relationship with him. He defeated the hold sin had through the law by rising from the grave and God gives us that same resurrection power to have victory over sins hold in life as we walk with him.