God gave Solomon wisdom. 1 Kings 3:12 says, “…I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.” Since Solomon’s wisdom came from the One who has all wisdom, the book of Proverbs gives us great understanding for practical application.
Yesterday I was reading Proverbs 28. I noted a few verses about the wicked that I want to highlight. Verse 1 says, “The wicked flee when no one pursues…” Verse 4 says, “Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them.” Jude verse 3 says, “…contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”
Contend means to struggle to surmount a difficulty or danger. It means to assert, maintain, hold, profess, and confirm. I like to think of it as wrestling down and conquering. Joshua told his men to put their feet on the necks on the kings (Joshua 10:24). Contend is a militant word that is active-not passive.
Proverbs 28:5 says, “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all.” Isaiah 33:6 says, “Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, and the strength of salvation; the fear of the Lord is His treasure.”
Proverbs 28:16 says, “A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor…” Verse 18 says, “…he who is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall.” Verse 28 says, “When the wicked arise, men hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.”
Proverbs 29:1 says, “He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” Think back to Pharaoh. He kept hardening his heart, until God hardened it. Exodus 14:27 says that the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the Red Sea.
God’s words to the Israelites are the same for us today. Exodus 14:13 says, “…Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord…” Verse 14 says, “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” The Lord contends with the wicked, but He fights for those who are uncompromisingly righteous.