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, May 15, 2012

Phones Need Apps, Believers Need Apt

(Proverbs 15:23 KJV)  A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

I am afraid this is one time I will need to give you the translation from the NASB.
(Proverbs 15:23 NAS77)  A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!
The word “apt” in the NASB is the word “mouth” in the KJV.

I had a professor once who said there are only two ways to get out of financial difficulty:  Earn more or spend less.  It is still true today but people don’t want to hear it.  Too many people think they can borrow their way out of poverty.  Too many people think someone else will pay for what they want.  They find no “joy” (8057) in an “apt” (6310) “answer” (4617).  We want happy endings without paying the piper.  One key to finding good answers is being willing to accept truth.

A man who used to attend our church was offended by the preaching.  His complaint?  It was too negative.  It made him feel like he was not a Christian.  Hmmmm....  I accept it is not my place to judge but if I kept hearing things that made me question my salvation, I would want to do some serious thinking and searching.  I would search my heart and I would search the word.

So?  Have you heard any answers that you didn’t like lately?  Take a second look.  It is possible that the problem isn’t in the answer but the willingness to hear. 


Gorges Smythe said...

Reality never has been popular with some folks.

Pumice said...

That is one reason I don't spend a lot of time looking in a mirror.

So much of our life is spent in fantasy, from the clothes we wear that are endorsed by celebrities to the "reality" programs that so many watch.

Grace and peace.