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, November 3, 2011

Ways of Pleasantness

(Proverbs 3:17 KJV)  Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

I like the old KJV expression of “ways (1870) of pleasantness (5278).”  It is purely personal and esthetic, not moral and scholarly.  It means the same as “pleasant ways” but works its way into my being better.

Such is wisdom.  That is what we are talking about here.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t tend to think of wisdom in terms of pleasant and peaceful.  I tend to think in terms of answers and insight.  Our culture does not value wisdom based on eternal truth.  It belittles wisdom based on simple teachings and moral standards.  “Intellectuals” today prefer the vague, impermeable sayings of the mysterious East such as, “What is the sound of one hand clapping” to simple ideas like “thou shalt not commit adultery.”  This conflict may make outward peace difficult.

But we can know the inner peace of being in harmony with an eternal God.  Such is wisdom.

So?  Don’t worry if the world doesn’t understand you.  It doesn’t understand truth either.  Seek wisdom and rejoice in finding it. 

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