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, May 5, 2011

Dead Battery Anyone?

(Proverbs 5:10 KJV)  Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;

We are to be stewards of our “wealth” (strength NASB) (3581).  Here again I shake my head at translators.  This I the only place the KJV translates this as “wealth.”  It translates it “strength” 58 times and “power” 47 times.  This is not about money, it is about the inner power that we generate as we live our lives.  I only have so much energy.  As I get older, I my power meters get more sensitive and I find it harder to borrow from tomorrow.  By the time I get home from work I am running on fumes.  No longer do I frolic the night away and rise to take on a new day.  I must shepherd my strength. 

I cannot do that if I allow the enemy to drain it away.  Have you ever come out to start your car in the morning to find the battery dead?  You check and find that a little light was left on and it has very slowly sucked the life out of your transportation.  Satan works that way.  While Jesus gives us power, Satan is a big sucking sound.  Or a small, steady one.  But only if we let it happen.

What drains our strength?  Worry can do it.  Excessive sports can do it.  Credit cards can do it.  Ambition can do it.  It is different for each of us and probably even different every day. 

So?  Examine your priorities.  Keep a time log is necessary.  Find out if your energy is going into the kingdom building priorities God would have or if your peer group is deciding what the dance step is.  Think, pray, listen, change.

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