(Proverbs 6:13 KJV) He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
As I read this I thought of one of the kids at school who is always acting like a pimp. This describes him accurately. I can just hear the words, “Hey, girl.” This comes from 3,000 years ago and yet it reminds me of people today. If you continue to read Proverbs, and the rest of the Bible, you see things like this again and again.
There are common gestures across cultures. They carry common messages. Among them are “winks” (7169). We have all used a wink to portray something. Sometimes it is just saying, “I see you” without others knowing. Sometimes it tells we are kidding. Sometimes it simply says to the person watching that we are lying. Evidently some things never change.
This reference to a wink is found in the middle of a passage that begins in verse 12 talking about a “worthless person.” It gives actions and attitudes of this person and ends up in verse 15, predicting destruction. Can you judge a book by its cover? Not always. Not enough to make final decisions. But it can certainly help you decide whether to buy or read the book. As I read a book I sometimes go back and look more carefully at the cover to see if the illustrator read the book. It may not tell me much about the content but it can tell me about the publisher.
So? What does your cover tell about your publisher. There are many actions that we can take and we know they are meaningless. When I was in college and seminary I had hair that was longer than my professors and shorter than a rock star. I knew that the unkempt, rebellious look did not reflect my heart, but did it reflect my Savior? What can you do today to change your cover?