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.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Vain Is Void

(Proverbs 12:11 KJV)  He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

Too often we spend our time on the “vain” (7386) things of life.  The idea of being vain is translated “empty” and “worthless” other places in the Old Testament.  Notice the italics in both the KJV and NASB.  That signifies the words are not in the Hebrew.  Thus to correctly translate this “vain” becomes a noun instead of an adjective.  Thus you would be following “the vain” or “the empty.” 

There are some things in life that are worthwhile, others are pointless.  Think about all the things we do because we are tired, bored or too lazy to turn off the TV and get out a book. 

Are sports always worthless?  No, you could look at the exercise, fellowship and learning of teamwork.  Is TV always worthless?  My inclination is to say yes but I am honest enough to admit that there might be something worth watching.

So?  The time we waste will not come back to us.  Make it count.  Make it count for you and God, not for me. 


Gorges Smythe said...

PLAYING sports may be good; WATCHING them does do much for you. ;-)

Pumice said...

Isn't there some line about football being a sport with 22 men desperately needing rest and 90,000 watching who need exercise.

Grace and peace.