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, September 5, 2011

Come to Yourself

(Proverbs 5:14 KJV)  I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.

Picture this.  Here is someone who has been mocking the teaching of God and is “almost” (4592) in “all” (utter NASB) (3605) “evil” (ruin NASB) (7451b).  He is being optimistic in a sense.  There is no "almost" about it.  He is desperate.

Where is he when he is going through this revelation?  He is in the “midst” (8432) of the “congregation” (assembly NASB) (6951) and “assembly” (congregation NASB) (5712).  The Douay-Rheims translation has “church and congregation.  I think the idea is clear.  He is in a meeting of the people of God.  He is seeing the difference between what he is and what they are.  He is being convicted.

What better place to become aware of your failure.  Think of the prodigal son.  Where did he admit to himself that he was at the bottom?  In a foreign land, surrounded by pigs.  In the midst of some of our attacks of stupid we are surrounded by the people of God.  Or we should be.

So?  Are there people around who could be of help to you?  Have you been ignoring them because you knew what they would say?  Maybe it is time for a little self-searching and honesty.  I like the way it is expressed here,
(Luke 15:17 KJV)  And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
When you come to yourself, go to Jesus.

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