This chapter has 2 subjects that really stand out to me: planning ahead, and being willing to hear the hard truth from those I trust.
Verses 5 and 6 talk about trusting wounds from a friend. I have found that not only do I have to be willing to hear hard truth from my friends, but I actually have to EMPOWER them to tell me what I don’t always want to hear. We need encouragement, but so often that turns into “you can’t tell me those hard things I need to hear.” One of my goals, as I have moved from town to town over the years, is to find 3-4 people who I trust to tell me the hard truth – in love.
The chapter ends with a huge proverb – almost poem – about planning ahead. This one really stood out to me. I need to be prepared as if disaster is coming. That doesn’t mean that I have to always be afraid – but to be wise and prepared. Some Christians think that loving and trusting God means we shouldn’t have savings – that is not true, nor is it wise. When God gives me more than I need I am not supposed to spend more on myself, “trusting” in God to provide – that is just greed. I am supposed to take that excess and bless others; I also need to save. That still means God is my security – because He provided the savings! So often the disasters in life take us totally surprised – if we plan ahead, we will be much more prepared, and able to help others in the storm.