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.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hi. How Are You Today?

(Proverbs 10:6 KJV)  Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Do you ever stop and reflect on your “blessings” (1293)?  When people greet me with, “How are you?”  I try to give a real answer.  Currently I have been saying something like, “Not quite magnificent, but I am working on it.”  It gives me a reason to think about how wonderful life is.  If you don’t believe it then think about what your life would be like if you lived in Darfur or next to a drug lord in Mexico.  Even if you face what would be defined as tragedy by any sane person, you have the resources of the God of the universe just waiting to minister to you.  Blessings must go beyond the financial or physical.  Those can be included but it is not an exclusive statement. 

Perhaps a key is that the anointing is on the “head” (7218).  This might imply a mental or spiritual blessing.  It certainly opens it up to a wide variety of expressions.  Think about it.  The infinite God of the Universe has an infinite number of ways to bless you.  You know how you can go into a coffee shop and order a weird coffee creation that is prepared just your way?  What kind of drink do you think God could come up with that was designed specifically for you?  How many days in a row could He come up with a new boutique refreshment?  Think of the words to the song that comes from Lamentations 3:22-23:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
His mercies never come to an end
They are new every morning...

This promise is for the “righteous” (6662).  Remember the righteous?  They are those people that the Calvinists say don’t exist but keep popping up in scripture.  They are not the perfect-in-every-way Mary Poppins types but the redeemed.  They are the forgiven.  They are the obedient.  I hope that includes you and me.

The reference to the “mouth of the wicked” reminds us of one of the blessings of the righteous.  God hates liars.  There is a special mention of them in the lake of fire.  One of our blessings, if we are the righteous, is that we don’t have the stress of dealing with our own lies.  It may be tough being honest at times but think of the long term dividends of telling lies:  Keeping them straight.  If you lie you must remember what you said to who and when you said it.  This could be exhausting.  One of our blessings is being spared that struggle.

So look for your blessings.  There’s one.  Oh, there’s another one.  There’s one I never saw before.......

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