At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Ps. 16: 11)
“Good understanding giveth favour: But the way of transgressors is hard” (KJV).
“Good understanding gains favor, But the way of the unfaithful is hard” (NKJV).Proverbs 13:15
We have a proverb in English that at least rhymes with this one. Life is hard. It’s harder if you’re stupid.
When someone understands how God designed the world to run, and considers the interplay between the characters that we know, the end result is that such a person “gains favor.” He took time to think it through, and this has the result of smoothing his path for him. The favor that he gains would start with the favor or grace that he enjoys in the goodness of God, but it would also extend to the favor he receives from his fellow creatures.
A young man who listens to what his father is teaching him in this book of Proverbs is going to find that two-fold blessing. “So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God andman” (Prov. 3:4).
It is not surprising that this is how Jesus is described for us. “And Jesus increased in wisdom andstature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52).
The transgressor on the other hand, the unfaithful man, is someone who feels compelled to stuff rocks in his own bed. Life is challenging enough without veering off into territory that is going to make it doubly or triply difficult. That territory would be any place that disregards the law/word of God. God designed us, and His Word describes for us the kind of treatment His creation should receive.
There are many short cuts and hacks and jury-rigged options that we believe make us sophisticated and knowing. But it would have been better to just follow the owner’s manual, the one that came from the manufacturer.