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.

Monday, May 16, 2011

You’ll Understand When You Are Older

(Proverbs 16:13 KJV)  Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

I was going to skip this verse.  I honestly don’t know how to deal with it without twisting and squirming to make it conform to my expectations.  I am finding myself questioning the word of God.  I read this and say, “Not in my world.”  I would want to say of “righteous” kings, not all kings.

Another way I squirm is to say maybe they are a “delight” (7522) in ways the king does not understand, like when a parent disciplines a child.  At the time they don’t appreciate it, but later they do.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to me?  He is laughing about how I think I will understand everything.  There are mysteries.  Some mysteries are awesome and beyond my finite mind such as the trinity or the extent of eternity.  Others are like this and just don’t make sense. 

That doesn’t mean I ignore them.  That doesn’t mean I don’t think.  It doesn’t mean I don’t keep trying to figure them out.  It means to extend my faith to things I don’t understand yet.  I teach history.  Seventh graders are always asking, “Why do we need history?”  Most are trying to get me off the subject.  Some actually want to know.  A few might even be able to understand.  I tell them most people don’t begin to understand until they are 30, some not even then.  It doesn’t mean there is no answer.

So?  Keep thinking and questioning but question as a disciple, not a pharisee.  There are answers.  Some are so obvious that when we see them we will give ourselves what is being called a “face palm.”  If I understood everything I might not need a God.

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