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, August 5, 2014

Pretty Faces and Ugly Words

(Proverbs 5:3 KJV)  For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

Consider your sources.  How reliable is your information?  A good place to start is the “facts” you get from the internet.  It is an electronic double edged sword.  On one edge you have a vast array of data, ready to be harvested.  On the other edge you face detail overload.  By now you should know that you can’t believe the spin of the headlines. 

In the opening verses of this chapter, Solomon is trying to tell us to be careful in our listening.  In verse one he reminds his son to listen to him, his father.  In this verse he is warning the boy about the “strange woman” (adulteress NASB) (2114a).  We often accept the advice of strangers instead of people we know.  Some people are impressed by titles, degrees and position and give extra weight to opinions linked to them.  Some listen to a pretty face before a grey head.

So?  Consider your sources.  Give extra attention to those who have earned your trust.  Know what the Word says so you can evaluate words.  Accept that what you need to hear may not be what you want to hear. 

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