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, May 24, 2012

Calamity Is More Than Jane

(Proverbs 24:22 KJV)  For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

Who is Solomon warning?  The answer is in the previous verse.  Keep in mind that Solomon did not put in the verse markers or punctuation.  Those are a later addition. 

So who is it that faces “calamity” (343)?  People who glorify in change.  People who are so enamored with the new that they throw out the old without serious thought.  You have heard how on the TV news is it said, “If it bleeds, it leads.”  These people say, “If it’s new, we do.”

As I wrote last month, the new is not automatically bad.  Computers are a real improvement over typewriters.  That is true today when computers have been refined.  I am not so sure the first ones were much help to the early users.  But lack of discernment can bring all kinds of problems in our lives. 

Perhaps the word “calamity” is not in your vocabulary.  The translations I have on my computer use “disaster,” “destruction,” and “downfall” to translate the idea.  It is bad.

So?  Make the established truth the foundation and the roadmap.  Try new gizmos with caution.  Be ready to backpedal.  Act like you are climbing a mountain and keep three points solid when you are checking out the new grip. 


Gorges Smythe said...

You give us some wise words, as always. I tell folks that progress requires change, but that not all change is progress. I'm afraid most modern folks don't understand that.

Pumice said...

When people admire the grass on the other side of the fence they forget that they just climbed over.

Grace and peace.