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 27, 2014

Tooting Your Own Horn

(Pro 27:1 KJV)  Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

The basic meaning of “boast” (1984b) is to praise or speak well about.  It is another one of those words that is not negative in itself but either builds up or destroys depending on how it is used.  Here it is used in a negative way.  What is the problem?

The target is “tomorrow” (4279).  We are being warned not to praise tomorrow.  Obviously the problem here is that we often look at what we have done and think it is so wonderful that we can take it to the bank.  We make assumptions about the wonderful work we have done.  We make assumptions about what God is going to do.   That is why the translators chose “boast” in this spot.

So?  Prepare.  Work.  Contribute.  Do the best you can but allow God to produce the outcome.  Don’t get into the trap of tooting your own horn. 

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