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.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

A Thumb in the Back

(Pro 16:26 KJV) He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.

I just finished reading a book by Thomas Sowell called Migrations and Culture.  He traces a number of groups that have been involved in migrations over hundreds of years and around the world.  He notes that when they first arrive in a new land they are destitute and often without any useful skills.  Then an interesting thing happens.  In every country down through history they move up the ladder and become prosperous.  They surpass the locals.  Why?  Because they were willing to work hard.

In our affluent age we have forgotten the value of being in want.  I think of times when I knew that we were almost on the street but my kids never understood that.  They assumed that Dad and Mom would provide.  And providentially, we did.  We had help but the most important action was the second, and a few times third, jobs that kept the budget in the black.

So?  We must be willing to work.  Grace is wonderful for the forgiveness that we cannot earn but there comes a point where the saved soul is expected to get in gear.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Walking Wisdom

(Pro 15:20 KJV) A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

Wisdom is often associated with verbal expression.  In the cartoons showing someone climbing to a mountain peak to ask a question of the wise man sitting there, the desired goal is a verbal answer to a perplexing question.  When it comes to our children I think it needs to go beyond that because in our lives as parents it needs to go beyond that.  Wise words are weak without wise behavior.

My son has a lot of dreams and plans.  That is well and good but I don’t get excited about them.  I watch what he does.  That is where the wisdom will come out.  In the same way people are watching us.

So?  Be walking wisdom.  Anyone can be talking wisdom.  Sometimes the talking kind is on the level of the package that says, “New.  Improved.”  The real test is in the contents. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Get Away

(Pro 14:7 KJV) Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

Most of us have had times when we could not concentrate because of noisy distractions.  Maybe I am the only one.  I know that as I get older I find it hard to hear people over certain types of background noise.  A simple example is being in the shower or around running water.  What did you say?  I don’t have a clue.  The same in noisy restaurants.  It is hard to understand.

The word “perceivest" (discern NASB) (3045) in the Hebrew is one of those common words that has a deeper nuance.  It is yada.  It is a form of deeper comprehension.  It means to know on the deepest level.  There are times when in order to hear the Lord, let alone understand, we need to get away from the distractions.  I find that early morning is the best time to get away from the things that demand attention.  I love sitting on the front porch with my guitar and coffee and basking in the Presence. 

So?  If you want it enough you will find it.  God waits, nudging.  It is worth listening. 

Monday, July 13, 2020

The “G” for Today

(Pro 13:15 KJV) Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

Recently my son brought these cute little techy gizmo light strips.  They seemed very simple.  They had a switch and a place to recharge.  I asked a simple question, “How do you know when they have a full charge?”  Then I asked a second question that was really stupid, “Did you read the directions?”  Real geeks don’t need directions.  They just keep experimenting until it works.  Or not. 

We are told we can have a certain level of “understanding” (7922).  You need to understand the other part of the promise though.  We need to read the directions.  Some things might be no-brainers but the directions might tell us things are capable of much more than we could dream of.  The light strips have an on, off and a “G”.  What does the “G” stand for?  Read the directions.

So?  There will be many “G’s” in life.  You might want to spend some time finding out what they can do.  Read you Bible. 

Sunday, July 12, 2020

The Yield of Righteousness

(Pro 12:12 KJV) The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

“Net” (booty NASB) (485b) is an interesting word.  The Hebrew has several translations.  Among them is the idea of bulwark, something you hide behind.  Take that along with the awareness that “men” is not in the Hebrew.  There are people who hide behind “evil” (7451a).  In order to keep their position or power they will commit any atrocity or destruction on others.  We see this in barbarian cultures and modern societies that have barbarians in charge.  It can be a system of rules that are meaningless except for control purposes.  It can be intimidation by personality.

It is also interesting that the word “fruit” is not in the Hebrew.  Godly people are inclined to “yield” (5414).  This is about turning the other cheek and forgiveness.

So?  We are to be different than the world around us.  That may seem to cost us in the short run but remember that God watches over us and controls the outcome. 

Saturday, July 11, 2020

The Goal of Columbus

(Pro 11:23 KJV) The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

Notice that there are two words, “desire” (8378) and “expectation” (8615b), that speak to the view toward the future.  Both words are used in both positive and negative ways in the Old Testament.  It key is in the context.  Hope can be based in reality or it can be rooted in deception.  If the reality is the person and power of God, then there is good news coming.  If you hope is based on your own worth or the promises of our culture then there is no guarantee of the outcome short term, and a real danger of disaster long term.

So?  What does your heart desire and why?  Why was Christopher Columbus successful when so many others made no mark?  It is not often mentioned but one of his concerns was spreading the gospel.  He was not a 21st century evangelical so we might not understand his lingo or accept the whole picture but he was more successful than he thought.  He never found China but he opened the new world to Jesus. 

Friday, July 10, 2020

Walking Stick Shoes

(Pro 10:24 KJV) The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.

Fear is a funny thing.  We are in the height of bug season in Texas.  Something I had only heard about before fleeing California was the walking stick.  They are everywhere and have been appearing full grown in the strangest places.  I have two ways of avoiding them.  First, I walk carefully.  That means watching my hands and feet.  The other is to stay inside.  We have had scorpions, centipedes, crickets and spiders get through our defenses but so far no walking sticks. 

So far I have not developed real fear of walking sticks.  It helps to know that they are vegetarian but since I read that online I can’t be sure.  Scorpions though can catch our attention.  When we find one we walk in fear for weeks.  Did you know that scorpions will show up under UV lighting.  We end up patrolling the house at night looking for that unique yellow that says, “Scorpion!”  Of course we could simply wear shoes.

So?  God has made it clear what is dangerous to our eternal souls.  We can walk in fear or we can put on our spiritual shoes.  Again, your choice.