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, October 28, 2011

Plenty and Good

(Proverbs 28:19 KJV)  He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

What kind of “plenty” (7646) do you want in in your life?  On the one hand you have plenty of “bread” (food NASB) (3899).  On the other you have plenty of “poverty” (7389).  What separates the two?  Work.  Or sloth.  Depends how you look at it.

The successful “tilleth” (tills NASB) (5647).  This is an interesting translation.  The word means to serve.  The point is that the farmer serves the land in order for the land to produce life sustaining food.  The sluggard is not serving, he is chasing his own desires.  His life will be marked by poverty.  There is a simple lesson of life here as well as a figurative principle of Life. 

We are called to be servants, not the served. 

So?  The obvious is, work hard.  The implied is to serve the Lord and others.  No ego trips allowed.  Self-actualization is not a goal.  God provides the results.  Today choose which kind of plenty you want.

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