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, April 22, 2011

No Peaches on the Palm Tree

(Proverbs 22:4 KJV)  By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.

The NASB says we can expect a “reward” (6118) for living the right way.  In the KJV it says simply “by humility...”  The word has the meaning of consequences.  An interesting thing happens in English, or maybe just in my mind.  When I think of consequences, I think of a negative result.  When I think of reward, I think of a positive result.  Is it just me? 

Our actions have rewards, good or bad.  What we do with our life has consequences.  How you drive will effect your milage.  It is not the only factor, but it is the one you can control.

Sometimes our actions are actual physical movements.  If you don’t set the alarm you won’t get up in time to get to that job interview.  Sometimes it is decisions.  If you don’t decide to move when the alarm goes off you won’t get up in time to get to that job interview.  Sometimes our action is expressed in an attitude.  If you go into the interview dripping with pride and arrogance, it won’t matter if you set the alarm or got up.

So?  Because we serve an unchangeable God, we can have some confidence in the law of cause and effect.  If life is giving you lemons you may be expected to make lemonade.  You also might be expected to check which tree you are picking your fruit from.  Only you and God know which is the case.


A.M. Mallett said...

Thank you for this. I think it is doubly important to keep in mind that reverent fear of the LORD as well lest we succumb to a false humility.

Pumice said...

By one of those quirks of divine coincidence the post for the 23rd will bring us back to the fear of the Lord. What a healthy attitude it is.

Thanks for the input.

Grace and peace.