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.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The King Keeps Getting New Clothes

(Proverbs 23:34 KJV)  Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.

Have you ever done something really stupid and had no one to tell you about it?  The context here is drunkenness.  It is a warning about the stupid syndrome that comes from alcohol.  The principle stretches beyond the bottle.  There are many things in life that can make us stupid.

This would be the place where we would introduce the story of “The King’s New Clothes.”  It comes to my mind frequently as I watch the way our society is committing cultural suicide.  Very few people are willing to tell the king he is naked, to point out the flaws in what is happening.  When they do speak up the ending isn’t like it is in the fairy tale.  No one listens because no one wants to know. 

Victimless crime?  Nonsense.  The wisdom of children?  Who are you trying to kid.  Respect for everyone?  Recipe for disaster.  We have plenty of naked kings but few honest children.

So?  If you can’t speak up or no one listens, at least we can listen.  Is someone pointing out an area in our life where we are trying to stretch out on the top of a mast?  Being all ears is a daily task. 


Covnitkepr1 said...

The world doesn't want to hear that something is wrong...ever. And Christians are slowly beginning to feel the same way.

Everyone wants to hear whats wrong with someone else but not whats wrong in thier lives.

Pumice said...

True. I think that was what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 7 when he talked about the mote and the beam.

Grace and peace.