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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Simple Complexity

(Proverbs 17:17 KJV)  A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs gives different pictures of what a “friend” (7453) is.  Some are positive like this.  Others bring out dangers and cautions.  Why can’t things be simple?

This is one of the ways of knowing you are on the Highway of Holiness.  Life has nuance and is multi leveled.  Take the nature of God, for instance.  God is one.  Simple.  Until you keep reading and come across the three persons of the Trinity.  Or take salvation:  We are saved by grace.  Simple.  Until you come across the admonition to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 

We have a tendency to want to put everything in simple terms.  If it works for you and you don’t get judgmental of those who see the complex nature of eternity, then grab hold and don’t let go.  I hope you will forgive my tendency to think of that as a position for those new in the faith or immature in their spiritual life.  Even on a simple topic like “loves” (157) we find Paul saying,
(1 Corinthians 13:11 KJV)  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
So?  In some areas my faith is simple.  In other areas it is shrouded in mystery.  In all areas I expect it to be growing and maturing, never leaving behind the central awareness of the cross.  Wherever your walk is taking you, blessings.

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