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, February 28, 2014

Walk Tall

(Pro 28:18 KJV)  Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.

I like both the KJV and the NASB here.  One uses “uprightly” (8549) and “saved” (3467).  The other uses “blamelessly” and “delivered.”  I like them because both offer hope and promise. 

The hope comes in the potential for my behavior.  It is possible for me to live in a righteous, moral way.  It is possible for me to live as a child of God among a wicked and perverse generation.  We don’t do it in our own strength, true, but no one is saying we do.  At least no one here is saying that.  But God gives the power with the promise.  Walk tall.  Walk righteous.

The promise is in salvation.  We will be saved.  We will be delivered.  That is an assurance that we have as we go to work.  We might wonder if our job will be eliminated.  We might wonder if our health insurance will be cancelled.  We have a lot of unknowns.  In the midst of that we have the assurance.

So?  You face different challenges than I do today in the details.  You walk in the same path I do in the big picture.  Walk tall.  Walk righteous.  God will deliver.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hay Rots

(Pro 27:25 KJV)  The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.

Change is a part of life.  We get so used to how things are that we forget that what worked yesterday may not work today. 

Then again, it might work better. 

The thing that is hard for us is telling what is old “grass” (2682) and what is “new growth” (1877).  The key word here is translated in a strange way in the KJV.  It says “appeareth.”  The NASB says “disappears.”  They would seem to be opposites.  What gives?  The concept of the word is to uncover or remove.  Maybe “exposed” might be a good word for this.

In time the elements of our lives become exposed.  They are revealed because all the trappings eventually fade away and the real is revealed.  This is where we are forced to make choices.  Take music since that can offend just about everyone.  Look through an old hymnal.  You will find stuff that hasn’t been sung anywhere since it was written.  You will also find treasures that are still being recorded.  The same is true about the new stuff.  Most of it will fade away quicker than the hair style of the worship leader.

So?  Use discernment.  Work to preserve that which is worthy.  Don’t get too upset when the shallow and insipid fades away. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

How Do We Respond?

(Pro 26:3 KJV)  A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

What will it take for you to obey?  Maybe you don’t have trouble with it.  That is good but it is much more common for people to find ways around what God wants for us.  Solomon picks three common sights that people in his day would see.  Each one is doing the bidding of someone else.  Only the ruling classes could afford horses.  Only the comfortable could support a donkey.  Only the most desperate would hire a fool.  All needed to be controlled.  None were of use when left to their own devises.

We don’t see it in this chapter but a more common title for the obedient is son or faithful servant.  Even they need correction at times.

So?  Has God been trying to get your attention?  Ask yourself if you are responding like a horse, a donkey, a fool or an obedient child.  The day will come when Satan and his followers will be cast into the lake of fire.  I like to think that correction now is better than destruction then. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

What? A Coincidence?

(Pro 25:28 KJV)  He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

I don’t know where I first heard it but a bit of wisdom is “It is amazing how many coincidences there are when God is involved.”  It happened again today.  I was having a hard time focusing.  Distractions were fast and furious.  I was on the verge of giving up but I remembered a verse I wrote about a few days ago about ruling our “spirit” (7307).  I couldn’t find it so I read the chapter in Proverbs for today and look what was in the last verse with a cross reference to Proverbs 16:32.


Lessons are repeated because we need to be reminded. 

So?  Keep reading.  Don’t get irritated because things are repeated in the word or the pulpit.  At least consider the thought that you need to hear it again. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Reject Foolishness

(Pro 24:7 KJV)  Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Some people will never be able to understand the “wisdom” (2451) of God.  Such a person is described as a “fool” (191).  It kind of brings to mind the chicken and the egg question.  Which comes first?

The definition of fool is interesting.  It involves despising wisdom, mocking when guilty, being quarrelsome and licentious.  That is a good description of the typical celebrity or politician.  It should not describe the people of God.

So?  Does wisdom appeal to you?  The problem isn’t with the wisdom.  Fortunately the fool can be cured.  Unfortunately he doesn’t want to be. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Own It

(Pro 23:12 KJV)  Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

“Instruction” (Discipline NASB) (4148) is a good thing.  It is a focus of Proverbs.  The Hebrew word is used 50 times in the OT.  At least 30 of them are in Proverbs.  The most common translation in the KJV is “instruction.”  Notice though that later in the verse it talks about  “knowledge” (1847).  What is the difference?

Evidently you can get knowledge from listening but this instruction/discipline has to be tied to the heart.  We might talk about internalizing the data or owning it.  There is an idea of correction and chastening in this word.  It is not easy to accept some teachings.  The most important are often the hardest because they make us change how we act and set our priorities.

So?  When you come to worship and study make sure that your heart is ready to receive what is going to be offered.  Two people can attend the same event.  One comes away profoundly touched, the other lightly entertained.  One engaged the heart, the other the ears.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

God Preserves

(Pro 22:12 KJV)  The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.

God must have a role in the ongoing process of learning.  He will “preserve” (5341) “knowledge” (1847).  I think this could be looked at as a promise concerning the integrity of our Bibles.  Think of all the different hands over the years that have been involved in preserving and translating the Greek and Hebrew texts.  If we do not believe that the HS has a constant hand in preserving the Word, we could have some real issues.

Christians believe that scripture is inspired, or “God breathed.”  We believe that the original manuscripts were crafted by God and said exactly what He wanted them to say.  The task of scholars and translators is to put into our native language the thoughts that originally came from God in Hebrew and Greek.  I also believe that the preservation of the text has been overseen by God.  All translators and translations are not inspired.  Some are heretical.  The point I want to make is that well trained, believing, spirit filled scholars are also guided by the Holy Spirit.

So?  Find a solid translation and stick with it.  Enjoy the paraphrases but don’t make them your standard fare.  Trust the original.  Have confidence in the translation.  Anticipate how the Holy Spirit will teach.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Doing Justice

(Pro 21:15 KJV)  It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

Are we responsible to “do” (for the “execution” (6213a) of NASB) “justice” (4941)?  Or does this mean that we rejoice when we see God administering justice?  Or does it mean both?

I am a both/and kind of guy.  So often that gives richer understanding than either/or.  The word used for “to do” (execution NASB) (6213a) is a very simple and common word.  It is translated many ways but the most common are derivatives of the verbs “do” and “make.”  When I say common I am talking, between them, in the 1,000 range.

We are to be instruments of justice.  As a side note you need to recognize this is not “social justice.”  That is not a Biblical term.  It is a political term.  Justice is rooted in the holiness of God.  We are to be doing it as a part of our daily lives.

So?  Go forth and do justice.  Make the world a better place because you have walked through it.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Don’t Open Wide

(Pro 20:19 KJV)  He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

A literal understanding gives some insight into the “gossip” (6601a/8193) of the NASB.  It is really two words.  One means lips and the other means open.  Thus you have the marginal reading in the NASB of “One who opens his lips.”  I am not old enough to remember but I have heard that one of the slogans of the world wars was “loose lips sink ships.”  I think that is the picture here.

It is so easy to speak when I shouldn’t.  It is so hard to be silent.  It doesn’t relate to gossip but I am sure you have noticed in conversations how often people don’t listen to each other because they are waiting their turn to talk.

So?  The less said the better.  Usually that is good advice.  Words not said do not need to be recalled. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Poor Choices

(Pro 19:17 KJV)  He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

I observed two acts of giving money away in the same day.  One made me angry, the other blessed my soul.  Both involved the transfer of funds from a person with more to a person with less.  One was wrong, the other was right.  The difference was what we are seeing in these verses and throughout Proverbs.

In one situation I watch someone who has no job and isn’t looking very hard come up and ask for money.  This person has a long history of asking for money and not having a job.  I have been the target in the past.  In over ten years I have never seen a penny paid back. 

In the other situation a man had been robbed.  He shared, not asking for help, but seeking our prayers and love.  He shared how the Lord was already beginning to work things out.  He was struggling before this happened.  People quietly slipped him aid.

I think we see a contrast in life and in Proverbs between the lazy in the previous verses and the poor in this verse.

So?  You are surrounded by needs.  Be generous and willing to give.  Be discerning.  If you give to the lazy you may leave the poor in desperate straits.  This is not a call to withhold but a call to wisdom.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Beyond Valentine’s Day

(Pro 18:22 KJV)  Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

Marriage is on the way out in our pagan culture.  The decline is not being led by the elites but by the lower classes.  More and more children are being born out of wedlock in all demographic groups outside the wealthy.  I think in the lowest classes it is the majority.  Marriage has been abandoned.  That is not a Christian stance.

Here Solomon reinforces that standard.  He does not come up with it.  It is not original with him.  It has been God’s standard from the beginning. 
(Gen 2:24 KJV)  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
That is in the second chapter of the first book. 

Although Paul does endorse the righteous single life, the standard is clear.  Marriage is a good thing.

So?  If you are single, don’t rush out and get married, just understand that in God’s eyes marriage is not a jail sentence.  It is God’s plan and He awards “favor” (7522) in it.  If you are already married allow God to make it a blessing.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Attitudes Never Stop

(Pro 17:20 KJV)  He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

There are times when I find no “good” (2896b).  I often find bad attitudes sneaking up on me.  I get negative.  I suspect motives.  I take things the wrong way.  I become “froward” (crooked NASB) (6141).  It doesn’t need to be perfect.  It does need repentance. 

The Holy Spirit tries to wake me up to these times.  I don’t always listen as quickly as I should but so far He has managed to get through to me. 

So?  The day is young, the sun is just peeping over the horizon.  Already I have had to bite my tongue.  I hope your day starts, or started, better.

Sunday, February 16, 2014


(Pro 16:32 KJV)  He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

This verse spoke to me today as I read it.  What riveted my attention was the phrase “rules (4910) his spirit (7307).”  The Holy Spirit used it to make me think. 

Like many people, I can be a creature of my moods.  It is so comfortable to surrender to whatever is rocking my boat at the moment.  I can always hide behind the profession that I can’t help myself.  Although there may be an occasional, short term truth to that it is not as frequent as I would like to believe.  God does not want me to be a toy of my feelings.  He wants me to be an obedient disciple. 

I need to rule my spirit.  I can do this with God’s help.  For Him to force the issue is a violation of the principle of a Holy God in relationship with a creature created in His image.  Force does not produce love.  Love produces obedience.

So?  Who rules your spirit?  That is more important than any battles you may need to fight today.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Merry February 15th

(Pro 15:15 KJV)  All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

How do we develop a “cheerful” (2896) “heart” (3820)?  There are a lot of clues in this chapter of Proverbs but let me suggest that the most essential step is to acknowledge that it can be done.  So often we get bogged down in the frustrations and roadblocks of life that we don’t lift our eyes up and get the big view.  We need to believe that our outlook can improve.

I am not talking self-esteem or positive thinking.  I am talking awareness and trust.  I am talking about finding reasons to believe that there is hope.  More specific, I am saying there is a Reason to believe and hope.  I don’t now about you but I need a constant reminder about this.  That is one reason I study, pray and write this daily.  I hope it stirs others up.  It must stir me up.

So?  What do you say when people say, “How’s it going?”  Do you answer with the pat, “Fine.”  You can do better than that.  Try, “Marvelous!”  It gets you a lot of strange looks if nothing else.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wool Free Zone

(Pro 14:8 KJV)  The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

A well known aphorism is  “Know thyself.”  That is what Solomon is saying in his own way.  One of the aspects of “wisdom” (2451) is self understanding.  We have the luxury of knowing what is going on in our own minds and hearts.  We can read our own motives.  Others may judge us but we can know if we were being righteous or pious. 

Start there.  Self honesty is important and necessary.  You don’ need to tell anyone else, just yourself and God.

Implied in this is that it is possible to know yourself.  Always.  Ignorance is a choice, not a necessity.  “Fools” (3684) tend to not even be honest with themselves.  That is truly a sad state of affairs when a person thinks they can pull the wool over their own eyes.

So?  Spend some time in introspection.  Examine your heart.  Get to know the real you.  If it isn’t the person you want to meet, then talk to Jesus about a new heart.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sometimes Sincere Starts with Sin

(Pro 13:19 KJV)  The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

This verse has an uncomfortable insight.  “Abomination” (8441) is not the exclusive field of the righteous.  It is how “fools” (3684) feel about giving up their schemes.  This is part of the perversion of sin, it turns the good into the bad and makes it worshiped.  This is a word of caution to me.  I need to work overtime to be receptive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, but also to know the written Word so that I cannot be deceived.  Lord, help me to know when I am wrong.

It is immoral for them to “depart” (5493) from “evil” (7451b).  They are attached to it.  They are as committed to evil as the righteous are to good.  We do not see that; or maybe we just don’t want to see it.  We need to remember this as we deal with the doctrinal differences and outright heresy of the emerging church movement.  They are passionate about their rejection of the things of God and the people of God.

So?  This is a reminder that evil exists and it is not accidental.  It is as important to some as doing right is to the righteous.  Beware.  Be mature.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Decline the Option

(Pro 12:17 KJV)  He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

What is the difference between a “false” (8267) “witness” (5707) and a liar?  In the Hebrew they are usually different words.  In the Ten Commandments it is the same phrase as here.  Obviously both are sins.

I am considering that lying is a character trait.  It is something that flows naturally out of some people.  It may be natural, but it is still a sin.  I am thinking that perhaps a “false witness” is more by design.  It might be a deliberate distortion to discredit or destroy.  Perhaps lying could be in common life but the other would be in legal or business situations.

So?  Either way, truth is truth and the righteous are agents of truth.  Make your words and the sense that they convey correlate with reality.  It is one of those things that is not an option. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Blind Score Keeping

(Pro 11:8 KJV)  The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.

I am thinking that this is one of those promises that takes place with great regularity but we have trouble believing it.  The idea is that there is a tragedy coming.  Someone is going to suffer.  God makes a choice.  He sees to it that the “righteous” (6662) are removed from the vortex and puts someone “wicked” (7563) in their “stead” (place NASB) (8478).

We have a hard time with this because we don’t see it.  We think of the suffering we have gone through or seen.  God did not seem to deliver us or others we know.  We do not see the multiplied times we have been delivered.  How many times has the hand of God staved off disaster in our lives and done it so smoothly that we were not even aware of it. 

Remember the conversation Job had with God about his troubles.   One of God’s responses was,
(Job 38:4 KJV)  Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
Job was going through hard times and questioned the actions of God.  We are blessed and question the action of God.  The point is that God is moving and acting even when we don’t see it.

So?  Be grateful for the things you have not seen.  I know a cliff hanger movie is really exciting but in real life we would usually skip all the drama and move to the happy ending.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Wisdom Shelf

(Pro 10:14 KJV)  Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

My family has a lot of books.  Books to us are like dust to Pigpen.  A good illustration of this is a characteristic of our trips to Hawaii.  We discovered the Friends of the Library on Maui.  They had a tin shack out in the cane fields with books piled all over the place.  We were in hog heaven.  At ten cents a book we would buy anything that looked interesting.  We would end up shipping home apple boxes filled with books every time we visited.   

Having said that, I have a shelf on which I keep my treasures, my sources of wisdom.  There are a few select books, in addition to the Bible, that I try to re-read every few years.  An example?  How about Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.  I “store” (6845) the knowledge I need to supplement my quest for wisdom.  I don’t get it confused with the light entertainment that I find in the “new books” section of the library.

So?  Let’s assume you are reading your Bible.  Are you setting aside other tools?  Are you in a constant search for knowledge that will help you be one of the upright?  If not, it might be a good idea to start.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Wisdom Is Basic

(Pro 9:2 KJV)  She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.

Look at all of the steps that had been taken to organize a banquet.  Verse 1 talks about getting the house ready.  Verse 3 deals with sending out invitations.  In this verse it focuses on the actual meal preparation.  A lot goes into a successful gathering.

Wisdom is inviting us to a banquet.  The good news is that God has done the heavy lifting.  Science is busy trying to figure out how God created the universe.  Medical research is trying to find out how He developed a human body that is so good at fighting disease but sometimes breaks down.  That is all well and good, but the foundations have already been laid.  We can depend on an eternal, immutable God.  We can trust a holy, righteous God.  We can have confidence in eternity, tomorrow and today.

So?  Save the understanding of DNA for another day.  Analyze singularities during your lunch hour.  For the morning, get into wisdom.  Read the word.  Look for the things that will endure forever. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Wisdom 101

(Pro 8:28 KJV)  When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

As you read through this passage beginning in verse 22 it seems clear that Solomon is talking about creation.  Wisdom was involved.  I keep trying to fit wisdom into the scheme of things.  Wisdom is personified in Proverbs.  The noun is feminine and is thus expressed in good translations.  We have her speaking here.  What is wisdom?  Who is wisdom?  Where does literal understanding morph into figurative speech?

Wisdom seems to be something that is outside of us yet can be possessed.  It can grow in us and be a part of our decision making process.  One thing is clear though, Biblical wisdom is knowable and is rooted in the character of God.  As I read fantasy and modern fiction there is a pagan idea of wisdom that becomes a mantra about mysterious, unknowable knowledge that is reserved for the few, the initiated.  That is not Biblical wisdom.  Biblical wisdom binds us together.  Pagan wisdom sets up elites, haves and have nots.

So?  Seek the wisdom that God offers.  It is available.  Start with simple bits of foundation like Genesis 1:1.
(Gen 1:1 KJV)  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
From there you can move to the obscure prophecies of Revelation.  Get started or keep moving.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Calories Always Count

(Pro 7:19 KJV)  For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:

Do you work on your own or are you constantly under the eye of others.  We tend to act differently when others are around.  Sometimes that is no big deal.  I have certain clothes that my wife hates.  Until she puts them in a yard sale I will only wear them when she is not around.  Other times it does make a difference.  Eating ice cream at 3:00 A.M. when everyone else is asleep will still make you fat.  Calories don’t care if anyone is watching.

Will you give 100% today or kick back because no one is watching?  It is not just a matter of productivity, it is a moral issue.  As believers we are expected to give our best.
(Col 3:17 KJV)  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
So?  You may not be high energy all day but you are expected to give life your best shot.  Your boss expects it, your employees expect it, your co-workers expect it, Jesus expects it.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Upright or Uptight

(Pro 6:30 KJV)  Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;

Is motivation important?  That should be an obvious one.  The difference between an upright believer and an uptight legalist is motivation.  The Bible makes a clear statement about theft.
(Exo 20:15 KJV)  Thou shalt not steal.
That seems pretty clear to me.  It is short and straight.  Then Solomon throws this in.

This is not supposed to be an encouragement for us to seek excuses for our sin.  This is to point out that sometimes things are more complex than we think.  It means that we should take into consideration the motivation of people as they wrong us.

So?  Do you have a legitimate gripe against someone?  Sure they wronged you.  Yes, you are the offended party.  It doesn’t matter.  We are always supposed to temper our desire for justice with mercy and understanding. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Long and Short

(Pro 5:20 KJV)  And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

Both the NASB and KJV pick strange ways to translate this verse.  I guess the object is to show how easily swayed we are by emotion.  The word I am focusing on it “ravish” (7686) in the KJV and “exhilarated” in the NASB.  Those are enticing words in our culture.  The Hebrew word means to be lead astray. 

We tend to focus on fun and sensuality.  The eternal looks at the bigger picture of faithfulness.  We need to look at the big picture.  If we need quick energy a candy bar might do the trick.  To expect the sugar high to get us through the day or prepare us for tomorrow is an empty dream.  I guess I am saying, “Take the long view.” 

So?  Consider how your actions will be seen in the cold light of tomorrow not the want of now.  I find that hard myself but it is still necessary. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Baby Steps First

(Pro 4:7 KJV)  Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

As I read this chapter this month verse seven jumped out at me.  It often catches my attention because of the simplistic advice.  It is so simple and so obvious.  It is like telling someone, “The way to lose weight is to eat less.”  When I read this verse I want to add modern playwright notes.  I want to stop between the first and second phrases and insert, “drum role.”

The hard part in any venture is to get started.  When I have yard work to do the hardest part is getting out of the chair.  I have had a handle that my wife gave me months ago.  It needed to be glued back on the spoon.  I bought the glue.  I moved the parts from place to place on my desk.  I would look at it and say, “I need to do that.”  I would move on.  Finally, yesterday I picked up the materials and did the job.  It only took about two minutes.

So?  Do you want to grow in the Lord and demonstrate spiritual maturity?  Get started.  If it took God six days to create the world my guess is it won’t happen over night for you. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Navel Health

(Pro 3:8 KJV)  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

I tend to ignore verses like this because of the distortions I hear with the Prosperity Gospel people.  Yet as I read through the chapter this morning, this is the verse that jumped out at me.  The basic point is that people who live in healthy relationship with God live healthier, happier lives.  We are talking about averages across a population as well as individually.

If you are paying attention, this is being born out by “studies.”  I know that studies show what the sponsors want them to say.  In spite of that caution it seems that even secular research is saying that people who attend worship regularly tend to live longer and express greater happiness.

Or as Solomon would say it, fear of the Lord brings “health” (healing NASB) (7500) and “marrow” (refreshment NASB) (8250).

So?  What are you fearing today?  How is it working for you?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

That Sinking Feeling

(Pro 2:18 KJV)  For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

The idea of sinking or inclining brings different pictures to mind.  As I looked at the different uses of the word I came across the idea of a trap.
(Jer 18:22 KJV)  Let a cry be heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring a troop suddenly upon them: for they have digged a pit to take me, and hid snares for my feet.
This idea of a pit made me think of sink holes or quick sand.  In the context we find that there are things that trap us, limit us, trip us and ultimately lead us to death.

This is not just physical death, it is eternal death.

So?  Pick your friends carefully.  Pick your methods ethically.  Set your priorities with the knowledge that they have consequences.  Off to another day.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Bad Blood

(Pro 1:18 KJV)  And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.

If you have a Bible and can look back over the first part of this chapter you will see that a group of men is being described that are out looking to damage and destroy the lives and property of others.  When we get to this verse, Solomon is warning us that those people are not glorious Robin Hood’s.  They are serial killers. 

When you seek to do damage to someone else the real destruction is to yourself. 

There was a saying that I heard as a kid.  I never did understand it.  “What goes around, comes around.”  I always thought it meant we get treated the way we treat others.  I guess that is close.  That is what Solomon is trying to say.

So?  Don’t be impressed by the people who seem to get ahead by violence and force.  Even more, don’t open yourself to that kind of behavior.  It will come back to bite you.