An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Laws and Principles

(Pro 15:1 KJV)  A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

This is another of those Biblical statements that we want to refer to as laws but are really principles.  Does it always work to speak softly?  I will let you answer from your experience.  Is it possible to generate anger by our words?  Obviously.

So?  We have a principle for our daily living.  It applies at home and abroad.  It will often go against the tide.  Over the long run it will make life better for everyone. 

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Sin, Seriously

(Pro 14:9 KJV)  Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

And the word for the day is...,drum roll, please,... “sin” (817).  I didn’t expect you to like it.  I would guess that many of you have not heard this word in a long time, at least not as the Bible uses it.  This word for sin has the idea of guilt.  It refers to the residual effect of disobedience and rebellion against God.  We need to understand there are consequences both short, long term and eternal.

So?  Take sin seriously.  Don’t get into the camouflage of a hard childhood or poverty.  They exist but they won’t do for excuses when we stand before the judgement seat.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Descent

(Pro 13:6 KJV)  Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

You would think that a “sinner” (2403b) was already in a bad way.  He is, but it is one of those conditions that can always get worse.  Notice the word “wickedness” (7564).  My first reading thought this was describing the condition of the heart but it seems to refer more to the actions produced by the lack of moral character.  Behavior based in rebellion and rejection will push the lives of the sinner even deeper into disaster.

So?  Behavior makes a difference.  We cannot bootstrap ourselves into salvation by following the law but the point of grace and regeneration is to produce lives that reflect the change. 

Friday, August 12, 2022

Half Books

(Pro 12:11 KJV)  He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

It is too late for me to go back and delete all the “vain” (7386) activities of my life.  I am sure that many of them held promise and I might have even pursued them with a righteous motivation.  There is no shame in that.  Think of all the books that people have recommended to you and delivered nothing.  Think of how much more room you might have on your shelves if you got ride of them.  I know I have about eight feet of Bible commentaries that I never read.  In the times that I have tried them I find that they are mostly full of someone else’s opinions.  There are tidbits but it is questionable whether they were worth the investment.  At least they look good on the shelf.

What I need to do is ask myself what empty things I am using to fill my day with now.  That is the root meaning of “vain”.  I am finding that I return books to the library only half read much more often than I did when I was younger.  I like to think that is a sign of maturity.  It would be even better if I would not check them out.

So?  We face daily choices on how to invest the time we have left.  Pray for wisdom and obedience as you grow.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Coming to Terms

(Pro 11:1 KJV)  A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

If you or your children are involved in public education you have been taught the evils of capitalism.  I am sure that there are evil capitalists but the economic philosophy is neutral.  The list of evil socialists would make the business men look like a freckle on a frog.  The problem is in the hearts of the social and economic guru.  The call here is for a part of the Biblical concept of justice that is left out of modern definitions.  Give a penny’s worth of service for a penny’s worth of purchase.  It is called under different names such as honesty, fairness, and modern terms such as transparency.  It is the bedrock of how we treat each other.  It is part of the Godly life.

So?  Maybe an even better terms is integrity.  Live that way.  Bring glory to God and yourself to eternity. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Pick Your Pole

(Pro 10:18 KJV)  He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

Consider cause and effect.  What causes what?  One way to approach this is to say that the actions being taken here are the things that make you a “fool” (3684).  Another way is to say that the ways you can identify a fool are by observing these actions.  It is probably one of those both/and situations or one of the cycles of life that make things worse or better.

So?  A fool and a wise man are opposite poles.  Keep in mind the things that lead us to wisdom such as fear of the Lord and make sure you are at the right junction. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Stay Away from Windows

(Pro 9:18 KJV)  But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

I often wonder how people cannot “know” (3045).  Here we are talking about the wages of sin.  Because this is Proverbs we can assume that this young man is Jewish and knows at least the Ten Commandments.  The woman knows also.  And yet they do not “know”.  I think that the key is in the Hebrew word yada.  It is the word that is used for deep knowing, understanding, in a sense accepting the truth in what you know.  Look at the people claiming that burning down American cities is “mostly peaceful”.  Do they know better?  Yes.  The problem is their knowing is rooting in what they want to see, not in what they know.

So?  Don’t let your desires influence how you see truth.  You can think you are Superman all you want but I would advise not jumping out of windows even at ground level.  God knows our minds and hearts and He is not amused.  You see He also knows the law of gravity.  He wrote it.