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.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Speed Traps

(Pro 20:21 KJV) An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

I used to see a road sign, “speed kills”.  I have not seen it in a long time but that could just be because I am not looking.  It is a good reminder to stop and think.  Why do people speed? 

Some go fast for the thrill.  Remember how exciting a go cart was?  It didn’t really move that fast but gave the impression of dangerous speed.  It was a rush.  Some look at driving as the competition of life and they want to be first.  You have noticed the guy on the road who always needs to pass you no matter how fast you are going.  Maybe you are that guy.  Then there is the driver who always gets a late start and it trying to make up his lack of preparation by endangering your life. 

So?  Some of us need an attitude adjustment.  Some need a little discipline.  The point Solomon is making is that rushing through things can be dangerous for you.  I am reminding you that it can also be dangerous for those around you. 

Friday, July 19, 2019

Irish Need Not Apply

(Pro 19:19 KJV) A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.

Certain lessons must be learned the hard way.  Here the issue is “wrath” (anger NASB) (2534).  It could just as easily be financial irresponsibility or washing wool in hot water.  The offender tends to make excuses.  How many times have you heard, “I’m Irish” to explain sudden flare ups.  Maybe so.  Some people are Irish.  All are sinners.  All are expected to grow in their daily walk.

We cannot “deliver” (rescue NASB) (5337) some people from a problem like anger.  You can become what the Alcoholics Anonymous people call an “enabler”.   That means stepping in to keep people from experiencing the results of their actions.  In the process you keep them from growing up and facing their failure.  It makes you feel great but keeps them dependent.

So?  Accept that you cannot solve everyone’s problems.  I don’t think this is my issue but I have seen so many others who want to get everyone they meet straightened out.  Good luck with that. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Before the Fall

(Pro 18:12 KJV) Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

What is the source of the “destruction” (7667) promised here?  Is it God or man?  I would imagine it is both and the real question is which comes first.  Often the mighty are brought down by what seem to be earthly forces.  I think of Hitler, always an easy target.  He seemed to have it all going his way.  Everything he touched turned to gold.  Fast forward and he is isolated in his bunker.

What happened?  Was it the western democracies that brought him down.  Yes, but it was more a matter of God making it possible.  There are a long list of stupid things Hitler did that allowed the allies the time to defeat him.  One example is Dunkirk.  Hitler overruled his generals who wanted to destroy the British on the beach.  Instead he let them escape. 

So?  The promise is clear and in reality it doesn’t matter if you think it was God that brought you down or that dirty so-in-so who never liked you anyway.  Humility is an asset.  Pride is a destroyer.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Holy Politics

(Pro 17:26 KJV) Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.

Pardon me for getting a bit into the political scene but keep in mind that politics is a part of life whether it be office or national.  Mike Pence is currently vice president.  I do not know him personally but he has made statements that says he is a devout believing Christian.  This comes in direct statements and in positions he has taken.  The political forces of the left have repeatedly attacked him for this.  It is like Solomon was writing in response to modern news.  Funny how the Bible works that way, isn’t it?

You may remember how he said he would not go to dinner with a woman unless his wife was along.  He was mocked repeatedly for that and yet it is a common sense position to take if you want to avoid the appearance of evil.

So?  How does that relate to us?  We need to be careful not to be pulled into the vortex of evil by supporting people who try to “strike” (5221) the righteous.  We need to support people who are willing to take the heat of the wicked as they try to drive us from the public square.  It isn’t politics, it is holiness. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Watch Out for Black Helicopters

(Pro 16:14 KJV) The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

I find conspiracy nuts are either a lot of fun or a total bore.  It depends on the subject and my mood.  So I ask you, “Is the deep state out to get you?”  As a general rule do you drive around worried about the black helicopters descending on you and the Department of Agriculture SWAT team taking you into custody at gun point?  Do you at least have a concern about the local cop sitting in a speed trap?  You are not necessarily paranoid.  They may be out to get you.

According to this verse the government, the “king” (4428) really is out to get you.  God sends the word to Samuel when they demanded a king.  It starts with this verse,
(1Sa 8:9 KJV) Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
It goes down hill from there.  You can read that on your own.

According to Paul the government is instituted by God and has a purpose.  That does not mean that it will always be your friend.

So?  Be a good citizen but don’t fall into the nonsense of Big Government being you daddy.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Hard to Believe

(Pro 15:9 KJV) The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

And they don’t care.  Really.  It is hard for believing Christians to wrap their heads around but the world as a whole is quite happy being in their handbasket playing their “wicked” (7563) games.  They are quite content telling you that marriage does not matter if you are really in love.  Sin is fun and holy living is boring to them.  So they really don’t care.

It isn’t the sin that generates God’s wrath as much as the insistence on rejecting the blessings of the kind of life He has for them.  He sees the destruction of fornication, abortion, indulgence and self centeredness.  He knows how it will warp the mind and deaden the soul or warp the soul and deaden the mind, same difference.  But His love is rejected.  That is abominable.

So?  Witness by words when you can.  Witness by action all the time.  Pray and hope that some of the people you care about will come to the point of repentance in time to make the final cut.  The Good News is that God is patient.  The bad news is that He does not play games. 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Not Good Enough

(Pro 14:31 KJV) He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

I wonder about the choices here.  We have “oppresses” (6231) and “mercy" (gracious NASB) (2603) [chesed].  I don’t know about you but I feel like I am somewhere in between.  Is that good enough? 

That is a dangerous question for followers of the one who told us to deny ourselves, take our cross and follow Him.  I don’t want to get to the judgement day and hear Jesus say, “I guess that was good enough, thou flaky servant.” 

I don’t need to worry about oppressing the poor.  I don’t have enough power or influence to make a negative difference in their lives and I don’t accept the current mantras of the social justice warriors.  I could do better at being gracious.

I don’t think this needs to be an obsession.  I don’t need to get up in the morning mumbling about finding a poor person.  I don’t need to stop at every fast food joint looking for a panhandler.  It does need to be a greater awareness.

So?  That gives me enough to worry about for the day.  I will let the economy run itself and pray for world peace.  At the same time I need to be more gracious.