Still in Proverbs, this time on chapter 17.
The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the LORD tests hearts. (17:3)
Some people don’t understand how a good and loving God could allow pain. Like this verse, the entire book of 1 Peter is about faith tests that God sends to his people in order to grow us and make us more like himself. In truth, if he never did anything to make us better, could he really be considered good?
The one who lacks wisdom strikes hands in pledge, and puts up financial security for his neighbor. (17:18)
This is another one of Dave Ramsey‘s favorite proverbs. Solomon says that you lack wisdom if you co-sign a loan for someone. If the bank isn’t willing to loan that person money because they are too big of a risk, you’re putting your name on the line – both literally and figuratively – when you co-sign for them. Don’t be a fool – don’t co-sign.
A cheerful heart brings good healing, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (17:22)
I think this holds true both for people who are sick and for those around them. Even though it’s hard to watch a loved one in sickness, keeping a cheerful attitude is good for both them and you.